Thursday, March 29, 2012


In some disciplines, the vocabulary (and spelling of specialist language) is extremely important. If this is so for your discipline, you might think about developing a number of crossword puzzles to use as stimulus or starter activities at the beginning of class, to fill in those minutes when the latecomers are drifting in. This will give your students practice at spelling the language of the discipline (and becoming familiar with the meanings of the words).

There are a number of websites that offer free software and more that offer more sophisticated, paid applications. Here’s a crossword I generated using one of these free online puzzle makers, and the answer sheet.



  1. Scanning will help you orient yourself for gathering and summarizing information. Be sure to read only relevant information when you begin summarizing texts. paraphrasing in academic writing