Author: Elaine Kirn-Rubin
Suitable for: Secondary, Young Adult, Adult
What They Are: Four more Decks I-L of Picture/Word Cards arranged into 52 "Quartets" (sets of four-of-a-kind vocabulary items that rhyme) + a 60-page Activities & Ideas Book that reviews reasons for continuing to use rhyming in reading, spelling, and vocabulary improvement; adds to previous instructions on how to do so; includes additional pedagogic detail; and offers more ideas for enjoyable learning
Why You Need Them: At advanced proficiency levels, students may notice--or would like to know--that syllable stress is important to meaning; that very different letter spellings can be pronounced the same; that with "sound linking," phrases can sound like or rhyme with polysyllabic words; and that there are other interesting curiosities of oral language related to rhyming. These four "highest level" classic-design 52-Card Decks can be used separately or in combination with or after lower-level cards.
What They Do:
- Deck I contains 7 sets of one-syllable words ending in /d/, 18 of which (out of 28) are past-tense verbs; 2 sets of two-syllable items ending in /id/; 1 set of compounds; and 1 set of 2 words + 2 sentences.
- Deck J has 9 sets of two-syllable words with the strongest stress on the first syllable; 2 of these end in -es. There's one quartet with words accented on the last syllable and three with the stress in the middle. (It's interesting that these items really do rhyme.)
- Deck K consists two- and three-syllable vocabulary in 13 sets of items that are either compounds or words with suffixes.
- Deck L offers the most variety: polysyllable items with affixes, compounds, proper names, and short phrases or sentences.
- offer interesting vocabulary (that even seasoned students may not have seen before)--with the principles it exemplifies--in cheerful-looking packages
- merge fun with useful instruction without wasting time or insulting the sophisticated--while taking a needed break to unwind and relax
- further establish the principles of continually learning in enjoyable, relaxing ways while competing, collaborating, or otherwise interacting