What is WordMasters?
The WordMasters Challenge is a national language arts competition consisting of three separate meets held at intervals during the school year. The contest addresses higher-level word comprehension and verbal reasoning in two ways: it challenges students to complete analogies based on relationships among words they have learned and it bases the analogies on special vocabulary lists, developed for each grade and difficulty level.
The WordMasters Challenge, as described by Word Masters, is an exercise in critical thinking, which first encourages students to become familiar with a set of interesting new words (considerably harder than grade level), and then challenges them to use those words to complete analogies expressing various kinds of logical relationships. Working to solve the Challenge analogies helps students learn to think both analytically and metaphorically, as they learn new vocabulary.
How does the WordMasters Challenge work?
Students will begin by learning the meanings of 25 vocabulary words. We will try to make predictions about how these words may be used on the analogies meet. Students will need to study the vocabulary on their own in addition to the time they have in class. WordMasters practice and activities will look different in each classroom; however, the words will be the same for each student. The meet is not something that people watch. It is a page of 20 analogies that each participant must solve independently. The analogies contain the vocabulary words that the students have been learning.
Remember: Each successive meet will be somewhat more difficult than the one before it. Meet #2’s analogies will feature words from both of the first two Word Lists (50 words); Meet #3’s analogies will be based on all three Word Lists (75 words). Students should therefore save all their Word Lists and study materials.
What Standard does WordMasters address?
L5 CCR Anchor Standard: Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings
L 6 5.b Use the relationship between particular words (e.g., cause/effect, part/whole, item/category) to better understand each of the words. (SC, 6)
Essential Skills and Knowledge: Apply an understanding of connections between words including cause/effect, part/whole, and item/category to a critical reading of a text
L 7 5.b Use the relationship between particular words (e.g., synonym/antonym, analogy) to better understand each of the words.
Essential Skills and Knowledge: Apply an understanding of connections between words including synonym/antonym and analogy to a critical reading of a text.
L 8 5.b Use the relationship between particular words to better understand each of the words. (SC, 8)
Essential Skills and Knowledge: Apply an understanding of connections between words to a critical reading of a text.