Where Do New Words Come From?

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Gadzooks! Where do new words come from? Who decides what a word means? What about memes? Young etymologists will be fascinated by a short video all about words, words, words.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Have class members investigate the origins of favorite words or those new to the Oxford English Dictionary
  • Have class members watch the video, complete the comprehension check, and research some of the links out of class before returning for a full class discussion
Classroom Considerations
  • If assigning the video for out-of-class viewing, ensure that all class members have access to the Internet
  • The video concludes with an advertisement for another Ted-Ed series of videos; preview the entire video to determine if the ad is appropriate for your class
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
  • The resource includes links to related articles and resources
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