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WOW words - year 6

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Sonnet Wed 21-Sep-11 08:44:30

In an effort to improve my DD2's written English I have been looking for a list of WOW words suitable for use in year six. I have so far come up with nothing!

Can anyone point me in the right direction please?


ripstheirthroatoutliveupstairs Wed 21-Sep-11 09:44:04

What is a WOW word? I may be able to suggest a few if I knew what it was.

IndigoBell Wed 21-Sep-11 09:49:19

A wow word is just an adjective sad

You don't need a list of WOW words. If you're concerned, you need to improve her written and spoken vocab all the time. Every time you speak to her or read to her. Every time you go over stuff she's written......

(Although is a cute site to improve vocab.)

betterwhenthesunshines Wed 21-Sep-11 09:52:52

WOW words are just any words that are more expressive and make the writing more interesting. So instead of " I baked a nice cake" it might be "I baked a delicious chocolate cake."
said might be replace with whispered, exclaimed, answered....

I don't think you'll find the answer in a list. Maybe photocopy a page of a book she is reading so she cango through it with a coloured pen and underline all the interesting words?

Sonnet Wed 21-Sep-11 10:27:31

Thank you - am currently writing my own!

Yes it is an adjective - don't know why they do not just call them that!

IndigoBell Wed 21-Sep-11 10:29:46

Because they introduce the concept in the infants, when WOW words is easier to understand than adjectives

But I'm shocked that they still refer to them like that in Y6.

Malcontentinthemiddle Wed 21-Sep-11 10:31:12

Last year my dd's class was encouraged to begin sentences with interesting adjectives - she still does it in her planner. Eg. 'astonishingly, today I finished my maths early' or 'amazingly, the rain stopped and we went outside' or 'disappointingly, it rained' or whatever. I think the idea might be that if you begin the sentence with the word, you'll chose one with more impact, as it would sound a bit lame to write 'nicely, I lined up in the playground'.

I know that's adverbs rather than adjectives, but obviously they could all be changed to adjectival form.

Malcontentinthemiddle Wed 21-Sep-11 10:31:36

(sorry, should have said adverbs in the first sentence of above post)

ativa Wed 21-Sep-11 10:31:51

Tell her they are adjectives or descriptive words and ask her to point out three on the first page of a book that she is reading?

handsomeharry Wed 21-Sep-11 17:17:03

Some WOW words - link here

Feenie Wed 21-Sep-11 17:28:32

I'm not sure those ones are age appropriate wow words, handsomeharry, they look a bit Y2-ey!

Other posters who have said get her to identify and collect excellent vocabulary from her own reading have got it right (not just adjectives, either) and encourage her to use them in her writing. My Y5s have got little sparkly notebooks for this very purpose! We collect extra-special ones from these every Friday and display them on our board which we keep for especially top-notch words. smile

handsomeharry Wed 21-Sep-11 18:23:29

Just trying to help...

Feenie Wed 21-Sep-11 18:56:06

Sorry - they will help someone!

mrz Wed 21-Sep-11 19:08:15

To improve writing the criteria is Can use interesting and ambitious words sometimes, (*should be words not usually used by a child of that age, and not a technical word used in a taught context only e.g. ‘volcano’ or ‘evaporate*’)

pointydog Wed 21-Sep-11 19:15:12

Wow words are not just adjectives. They are any words which improve a piece of writing whether they be verbs, nouns, adverbs, whatever

breadandbutterfly Thu 22-Sep-11 10:25:13

Am I the only one to really hate the whole concept of wow words?

My dd2 has taken to writing creative writing pieces littered with long, hard-to-spell but - crucially - often inappropriate words.

And these are commended!

Surely what matters in a piece of written work is that the correct word is used, not that it gets extra brownie points just for being long and 'diificult'?

Have they never heard of the campaign for plain English??

Vicky2011 Thu 22-Sep-11 10:30:51

Thank you for saying what I was thinking breadandbutterfly!

Cortina Thu 22-Sep-11 10:33:14

Ah breadandbutterfly the 'flowery' stage I remember it well. At sixteen trying to impress my rather cute english teacher by sounding like I'd swallowed the thesaurus! 'The loquacious man smiled at his bejeweled and comely wife and decided he would cast his garrulous nature aside for her sake, he was veritably compelled to do so' etc. smile

seeker Thu 22-Sep-11 10:34:58

The best way to improve vocabulary is to read- or to watch good quality tv.

We have a naughty family habit of shouting "level 5 vocabulary!!" whenever we hear anyone on the tv or radio using over blown or pretentious language!

Cortina Thu 22-Sep-11 10:37:41

How would level 6 vocabulary differ out of interest? (Relates to another discussion. I assume no real difference but apparently I am wrong)?

mrz Thu 22-Sep-11 18:02:44

Cortina the "measure" is that the child uses vocabulary not normally expected from someone that age in their writing.

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