Welcome to…. MEANINGUL SENTENCES 101 (all you ever needed to know about writing an effective meaningful sentence and MORE!) So get out some notebook paper and something to write with… these notes will help you IMMENSELY in the weeks to follow!
What is a Meaningful Sentence? A meaningful sentence is one that uses context clues and synonyms to convey the meaning of a vocabulary word in the sentence. Pssst…write that down!
Chad felt ostracized , left out , because he was made to sit alone in the cafeteria. (synonym clue)
Courtney was so worried that her friends would ostracize her, but instead she was included in their group. (antonym clue)
The boy, who was ostracized from his friends because he was punished, wished he could have joined them in the game. (example clue)
A vote was taken to ostracize the criminal, and he was immediately excluded from the group . (definition clue)
So what does OSTRACIZE Mean?
The Substitution Test (a test for meaningfulness )
If a sentence is truly meaningful, you should not be able to substitute the vocabulary word with ANY OTHER WORD besides the vocabulary word or a synonym of the vocabulary word.
The Substitution Test For example: Courtney was so worried that her friends would ostracize her, but instead she was included in their group. Try a few substitutions and see if they work… When I’m grading your Meaningful Sentences I use the Substitution test OFTEN. Learn to use it effectively and it could be a valuable too!
Are the following sentences meaningful or not? (be prepared to defend your answer!)
The aperture in the little cave served as a window, and let in just the tiniest amount of light to see by.
The actor delivered a great soliloquy .
There was a chimera in the closet.
The dog was fettered to the post in the yard so that he could not escape and wander the neighborhood.
Meaningful! Not meaningful! Not meaningful! Meaningful!