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Teach Expanding Your Vocabulary
with Epistory - Typing Chronicles

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The English language has adopted words from many languages, most notably French, Latin and Scandinavian languages.

The Oxford English Dictionary lists more than 170,000 words in English that are still in use.

Teacher Resources

This lesson focuses on using Epistory to learn new words. The students play the story mode and note down new words. Afterwards, the students will create their own puzzles that contain both the words and their definitions. The following slides will provide clear instructions on how all this is done.

  • Theory: This lesson focuses on ways to expand your vocabulary.
  • Play: The players get to play on the story mode of Epistory and write down unfamiliar words.
  • Share & Discuss: This slide provides additional methods for learning new words.

Building Your Vocabulary

  • The more you read, the more words you will encounter and learn.
  • Get into the habit of looking up words you do not know. This is the most natural way to learn new words! When you see words you don't understand in movies, TV shows, video games, the Internet, books and comic books, look them up!
  • Reading word lists such as these can help you quickly build a vocabulary for a specific topic or theme.


Teacher Resources

Video: Vocabulary Building

Teacher Resources


Lesson Goal

Continue playing Epistory.

  • As you play the game, write down words you don't know as you see them. Write down at least 17 new words!
  • You can always pause the game with esc button to write the word down.
  • When everyone has written down 17 different words, continue on to the Word Puzzle task on the next tab.

As you play, you can also try to reach these goals:

  • Type 531 words, which is 1% of Gargantua by François Rabelais
  • Type 748 words, which is 1% of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Gameplay screenshot.

How to Play

How to start a new game:

  • After you’ve started the game, click the new button (the topmost button). If the game has been played previously, the button instead says continue.
  • If you wish to start a new game without erasing the current progress, you need to create a new save file in the profile option. You can then change profiles at any time in the main menu to continue where each player left off.
  • NOTE: If another student has played the game on the same computer, you will need to switch the profile to a fresh one. Select the profile button to select a new playthrough and start fresh.

Gameplay screenshot

Word Puzzle

  • You need a large piece of paper with a 3 x 4 grid on it.
  • Create the puzzle by writing down words you picked from the game, and definitions for those words, so that each edge between two squares has either a word or a definition. On the other side of the edge, is the definition of the word and vice versa.

Grid task example.

  • You can look up the definitions of the words by simply using a search engine. You can also add "definition" in the end to guarantee the right results!
  • After you have filled the boxes with your 17 words, use scissors to cut by the lines. The puzzle is now complete!
  • Scramble the pieces of the puzzle.
  • Piece the puzzle together to help learn these new words.
  • If you are ready while there is still time, you can swap puzzles among each other to learn even more words.

Teacher Resources

Each student needs a sufficiently large piece of paper (A4 or US Letter are good choices, for example) with a 3x4 grid on it. Click here for a printout for the puzzle activity!

Bonus Activities

Question cards:

  • Create cards which contain both a word and its definition. (Use the words you have written down as you played.)
  • Work with a pair: the one reads the definition, and the other must figure out which word is in question.
  • You can also swap the card sets around to keep playing.

Teacher Resources

Alternatively or additionally, you can do these two activities as well instead of the puzzle cards.

Share & Discuss

Share & Discuss

  • What do you think are the best ways to learn new words? Why?
  • Why is it a good idea to learn new words?
  • English has thousands of words, possibly even up to a million if all slang words and variant words are included. Why do you think this is so?
Show Notes

The most important reason is English's status as a lingua franca: as it is spoken so widely, new words have been created and adopted in different regions in parts of every continent of the world.

Another reason is English's history with other languages due to occupation, namely Latin, French and Norse tongues.