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Newswordy: building context for media

I’ll be sharing Newswordy with my social studies and English teachers this fall.  The sites presents a useful strategy for increasing vocabulary, promoting  understanding of breaking news, and developing critical thinking around the media.

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Each day, Newswordy identifies buzzwords–words used by the media and pundits, words that we don’t often use in everyday conversation

These ‘news words’ are accepted by audiences for their implied meaning. But often loaded words are misused or used out of context. The actual definitions can be different than what is implied.

Created by Canadian graphic designer and writer, Josh Smith, Newswordy defines the daily buzzword, presents its use (or misuse) in the context of current media quotes, Twitter feeds, and newswires, and creates an archive of words past.  Click on the plus sign near the brief definition to open the full Google Dictionary entry.

Recent words Newswordy deems worthy of archiving included:

Teachers may opt to subscribe to the RSS feed or receive a daily e-mail.

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Joyce Valenza About Joyce Valenza

Joyce is the teacher-librarian at Springfield Township High School, a technology writer, and a blogger. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza

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