Sunday, May 15, 2011

How to Approach the Consolidated Word List

Many of you have probably seen the consolidated word list, also known as the CWL, which I carry in bound booklets with me to Spell Success meetings. If you have also looked inside these booklets, you know that there are three different sections, all covered with my decorative drawings and notes.

After I finished learning Spell It! and Paideia, my next major task was to tackle the CWL, and I know that many spellers are now facing the same challenge that I once did. One question has been posed to me many times: how does one go about studying the CWL? The CWL contains 23,413 words in three different sections: words appearing frequently, with moderate frequency, and infrequently.

When I think about how to approach the CWL, the first thing I would recommend is to do what my mom did seven years ago: make three booklets with beautiful covers. Although it does take some effort in the beginning, having a good copy of the entire word list that is easy to use will benefit you immensely in the long run.

There are even more obstacles with studying the CWL. For instance, the CWL contains many words that do not have definitions and even some words or given information that contain errors! On the bright side, many of the words do have definitions, and the PDF files are all nicely organized in alphabetical order with words that tend to show up in bees from the local all the way to the national level.

For those who are newer to spelling, the CWL does contain many difficult words which may be a stretch to learn. My approach was to study the list page by page, making a note of all the words that I did not know. Since I was only a fourth grader at the time, this list became rather long. If you are in a similar situation, don’t worry; just break down your larger list into smaller ones, and study them one at a time. Parents or coaches can also create another list that contains all the words that your speller has missed during reviewing of progress. You should be sure to check in on the speller daily or weekly, at the least.

               Once you have reviewed all the words, you can breathe a sigh of relief momentarily, but it’s time to return to the word lists you initially collected. Yes, you do need to review the words a second time because these are the words you should study with all of the time you can find!

Studying unknown words is the focus of all my lessons. You can use the techniques I used to help your speller overcome different problems. Tools such as identifying patterns in sounds, root words, and definitions will help the words ‘stick’ in the mind of your speller. Later on, when you have accumulated more words, you will need to have clues to distinguish confusing words. Methods for this could include puzzles, games, and quizzes, especially if you have a younger speller to coach.

The process of studying for the spelling bee takes time, and while some methods may work for spellers like me, they may not work for other spellers. In previous lessons, I have outlined many diverse approaches to studying lists such as the CWL, including using crossword puzzles, pictures, games, recordings, sentences, etc. Be sure to try out all of these methods and more to learn which is best for your speller. And remember that there is always room for improvement; the key is to make process gradually to instill confidence in your speller.

I love to see younger spellers use their wild imaginations when they approach a word. That is the reason I love to work with them. When approaching the CWL, remember to keep your imagination alive, parents and coaches, and you will have more fun and find even more ways to help your speller.

CWL Errata

CWL-F
Page #
Wrong Word
Correct Word
106
orgetfulness
forgetfulness
133
glasphalt
asphalt
309
uerte
suerte

CWL-M
Page #
Wrong Word
Correct Word
79
donnybook
donnybrook
137
inebriacy
inebrious or inebriating
204
porphyous
porphyrous
261
thersitical
theistical

CWL-I
Page #
Wrong Word
Correct Word
6
amitious
ambitious
7
apocynthion
apocyanine
10
bacciform
sacciform
10
baccivorous
succivorous
13
beaner
beanery
29
comtemptible
contemptible
29
comtemptuous
contemptuous
41
docorticate
decorticate
42
dompty
dumpty
47
enfrancishe
enfranchise
52
fibrocitis
fibrocytic
70
inbiber
imbiber
70
inbroglio
imbroglio
70
inelude
elude
76
kekepa
kikepa
82
maiant
naiant
107
presybytery
presbytery
112
rangibility
tangibility
116
reverian
severian or riverain
117
romaticism
romanticism
118
sabulosity
fabulosity
121
secesssion
secession
135
synchnocarpous
sychnocarpous
136
taxophily
toxophily
141
trinked
twinked
146
varrio
barrio or varronia


23 comments:

  1. I was wondering why there seemed to be mistakes in the Consolidated Word List. Thanks for the information. I'll go and fix the words in the list.

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  2. Hi,

    (Apologies if this came through twice - I received an error at the first attempt)

    Thanks for offering these corrections. What is the Paideia, and moreover, is it a subset of the CWL and how can I get copy? Thanks!

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  3. Please let me know how I can get a copy of Paideia. Please if you have can you share the words from there.

    Thanks

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    1. There are a lot of words from the 2006 Paideia listed here: http://www.spellhive.com/ in the "Word Lists" section. Also take time to look over the other word lists there for many words that appear frequently in all bees.

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  4. Paideia was replaced by Spell It! in 2007. Spellers who competed before 2007 should have an old copy of it. We are thinking about sharing some of the words since they are frequently used in local spelling bees.

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  5. 2 things...
    In Infrequent "apocynine" should be "apocyanine"
    And I'm not sure of the source, but shouldn't taxaphily be taxophily?

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  6. Thank you! I agree that 'apocynine' should be 'apocyanine'. For 'taxaphily', the correct word should be 'toxophiliy', the study, practice, and love of archery. I will update the article to reflect these changes.

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  7. Thanks for the errata, I'll be sure to note those in my study materials. I know this comment is super late but I just now found this great blog!

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  8. In Moderate, on page 137, inebriacy is incorrect, as you said, however inebriety is the next word listed, so inebriacy could be corrected as inebrious or inebriating.

    In Infrequent, on page 116, there is no reverian, as you said; but there is reverain, which is also not in the dictionary, which could be replaced as severian, like you said, or riverain, which is closer to reverain.

    Also, as you said, in Infrequent, page 118, sabulosity is listed, which is not in the dictionary; but fabilosity is not in the dictionary either, so this should be corrected as fabulosity.

    In Infrequent, page 146, varrio could also be corrected as barrio, but varronia is good also.

    One more...taxaphily, taxophily, and toxophiliy are not in the dictionary...the study, practice, and love of archery is toxophily.

    :)

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    1. Great suggestions! Thanks! Updated the list!

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  9. I've never seen the CWL. Where can one get such a list? Thx, Lee

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  10. We saved a link on this page (right hand side under Spelling Bee Sites) or follow this link:
    http://spelling-bee.pennington.schoolfusion.us/modules/locker/files/group_files.phtml?parent=2616582&gid=809447

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  11. Thanks. Where can I get the Paideia?

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    1. Please find info about the booklet from my blog post: http://spellsuccess2u.blogspot.com/2012/02/introducing-paideia.html

      Or find words in Paideia 2004-2006 from this page on our blog site: http://spellsuccess2u.blogspot.com/p/paideia-2004-2006-words.html

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    2. Great! It would be even better if it was in a PDF format so I could print it. Hexco has the 1999 & 2006 Paideias with information, but it's $100.

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  12. This weblog has proven conducive to my Bee preparations. Just a few minor additions to the errata include the word 'orgetfulness' on page 106 of MF. The correct spelling obviously is "forgetfulness". Another misspelling I stumbled upon was on page 121 of Words Appearing Infrequently. The word provided lists as 'secesssion', however the appropriate spelling drops an 's' in the middle of the word. So "secession" is the right spelling. Thanks once again and my gratitude is expressed to whoever uploaded this site.

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  13. "Suerte" is also misspelled in the Frequently asked words. Thanks for the errata!!

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  14. In Consolidated Infrequent 3, Page 117, there's "romaticism" which isn't in the dictionary. It should be replaced with "romanticism"

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  15. Caught another mistake. In Infrequent, Page 69, there's the word "illumiometer", which isn't in the dictionary. It should be changed to "illuminometer"

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  16. Few more errors. Thanks for the errata! Now the list is certified perfect :)
    CWL- CWL - Corrected - Source
    aerotrain air train Infrequent
    dacquoise deliquesce Frequent
    reverain riverain Infrequent
    sesquilateral sesquialteral Moderate
    tambouriens tambourines Moderate
    topogaphize topographize Moderate
    zerography xerography Moderate

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  17. Hello! On page 324 of CWL FREQUENT, the information about tragedienne says that "It could be confused with tradegian." TRADEGIAN isn't in the dictionary. It should say "It could be confused with tragedian."

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