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Here's an open invitation to teachers using my Vocabulary Collecting resources to photograph and share your students' best "EGOT Vocabulary Sentences."  I am pleased to say that EGOTs are a 100% Corbett Harrison original teaching tool; I try to add something totally original to my teaching toolbox every year, and this was my new invention for the 2012-13 school year.  You can read about all of my vocabulary activities online at my website:  http://corbettharrison.com/products.html#vocab

The "EGOT sentence" activity is admittedly my newest technique, and I am still working out the kinks and the students' misunderstandings of this grammar and writing activity.  My students who discover "EGOTs" are developing such amazing control of their vocabulary though; I find it to be an absolutely worthwhile activity that combines a silly piece of writing with a grammatical exploration of a word.

If you have an awesome student-submitted "EGOT Vocabulary Sentences," I invite you to post it here in the reply box below.  I hope to create an amazing online collection of EGOT Sentences from all over the country...and world...with this invitation.  Please share.

If you don't see the "Reply to This" box below this posting, be sure you have clicked on the "+Join Vocabulary Collectors" link in the upper right-hand corner of this screen.  

I look forward to helping you celebrate your writers by having a place to post their EGOTs and EGOT sentences.  Please don't post students' last names, and please don't post any information about your students that might compromise their Internet safety.  THANKS in advance.

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Alejandra found a perfect EGOT here with the word harmonious.

Ultimately, I like students' sentences to have a bit more context (details) than what I see here, but it's a decent amount of details.  Thanks, Alejandra.

Ryan should have known better and dropped the -ing on his verb here, which would have created a "more perfect" EGOT.  

I appreciated his EGOT sentence here, but it could have used a few more details/ context clues too! The word opponent serves as one context clue, but a few more words would have made the sentence better.

Thanks, Ryan!

I would have told Taylor to swap her verb and her adjective to make this a more accurate EGOT, but it turned out nice (even with her accidental misspelling of one of the forms in her sentence.  

My students are trying to make silly sentences that make complete sense because a few details have been included, which is the point of the writing exercise.

7th grader Scott was reading Peter Pan on his own, and he found the word patron.  He did a good job of turning it in to an E.G.O.T.  

I appreciate how he tried to add context clues to his silly E.G.O.T. sentence.  

A bad sentence for this one would have been "The paternal patron patronized paternally," but Scott made a sentence with more context clues than that.

Thanks, Scott.

At the end of the school year, students have 100+ new words in their collections, which we store in our class binders so we can use them in later discussion activities.  I tell the students they should try to have an example of each activity that is thoughtful and well done.

Hannah--who I suspect listened closely to that instruction--listened for word that she could EGOT because she was having trouble finding one in her reading.

I suspect the word legitimate is more common than its verb form: legitimize.  The purpose of the EGOT is to teach Hannah that form of the word exists.

8th grader Victoria's EGOT activity.

8th grader Bill could have used some more context clues here.  

Here is a wonderful example of an E.G.O.T. sentence entry from 8th grader Danielle!




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