Our Wordplay days in class gave us opportunities to build our word power, collaborate, and engage in creative problem solving. Now they offer us a way to forget our sense of isolation. I hope that games, whether table-top or digital, continue to lift your spirits.
With that hope in mind, I designed this assignment devoted to word games.
Choose one of the options below, and post your response as a comment by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 17.
- Imagine that the first seven letters of your name (all first, or first plus part of last) are seven tiles on a Scrabble rack.
- Go to the Scrabble Dictionary, click the Scrabble Word Builder tab (to the right of Scrabble Dictionary), enter your seven letters, and click “Go.”
- Post a blog comment of twenty-five words or more that includes (1) the seven letters that you entered, (2) the number of playable words that you can spell with those letters, (3) at least one of the words in the list that was unfamiliar to you, and (4) the definition of the word.
Sample: Entering the first seven letters of my name, J-A-N-E-L-U-C, into the Scrabble Word Builder yields fifty-one playable words. Two that I wasn’t familiar with are fish: “alec,” a herring, and “luce,” a pike.
- Reread the The New York Times article “New Scrabble Words Get the ‘OK’” that you read and summarized for February 7.
- Post a blog comment of twenty-five words or more that includes (1) one of the newly playable words, (2) its definition, and 3) whether the word was familiar to you.
Sample: The New York Times article “New Scrabble Words Get the ‘OK’” includes the newly playable word [insert word here], which was unfamiliar to me. [Insert word here] means [insert definition here].
Do not use the word “OK.” In other words, “OK” is not okay. It’s in the title of the article, and you already know its definition.
Let the play begin!