Writing, Words, and Scrabble


The act of writing is putting one word after another. That’s why we should start teaching writing by teaching youngsters–to LOVE words, one by one.
We play Scrabble most every night at bedtime, even when that means starting a game at 11 p.m. Last night I started the game with a 7-letter word–”touring.” Also check out “zygote”

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3 Responses to Writing, Words, and Scrabble

  1. Deb Schuller says:

    Penny,
    If you enjoy Scrabble and word work that much, you’ve got to check out a new game I found, which is like Scrabble-to-the-max! It’s called Wild Words and it lets you do things that you have always wished you could do with Scrabble! Check out the website to read about it and get a feel for how it’s played. http://www.wildwords.us/index.html Believe me, the possibilities are unlimited!

  2. Penny Colman says:

    Deb,
    Thanks for the recommendation. I checked out Wild Words & it looks great. However, it also looks competitive–is it? I ask because I'm competitive, but my playing partner is not; SO, our compromise is to not keep score!
    Another game for Scrabble lovers is
    Syzygy at http://www.thatwordgame.com–check my post 12/21/06
    p.s. last night I used all 7 tiles with "woolens"
    Penny

  3. deb schuller says:

    Penny,
    You could play Wild Words without keeping score, if you want, just as you do for Scrabble. Actually, there are no points given for the asterisk tiles anyway. For me, the fun comes from the creativity of all the possibilities that are open to you. If you do keep score, things can change quickly. I was playing with my 14 year old niece, who was really holding her own against me and leading toward the end of the game. But, I went out before her and the rules say that the person who goes out first gets to add on triple the amount of points remaining in the other player’s hand. That was enough to have me come from behind and win at the last minute. Although Alyssa didn’t win, we were both excited about the neat words she was able to place on the board once she got used to “thinking outside” the box and was able to make the asterisks work for her. It made playing with a 14 year old much less one-sided (and more competitive) than it would have been with Scrabble. Alyssa liked another rule that exists in Wild Words that is slightly different from Scrabble: At any time, a player may choose to trade in all seven tiles and not miss a turn, but immediately play with the new tiles. She did that THREE times during the game we played! Deb

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