iii. Associate It What does this word make you think of?
iii. Associate It “Churlish” makes me think about someone whom it can be uncomfort- able to be around. Someone once told me that the purpose of good manners is to make other people feel comfortable. If someone is being churlish, then it makes you feel ill at ease to be around them.
iii. Associate It (continued) The only other word I know that sounds like “churl” is “churn,” which means to stir up. This sort of goes along with what I just said about churlish people making you feel uncomfortable, i.e. churlish people stir up the atmosphere and disturb people’s comfort levels.
iv. Use It—In a Poem To add a more creative dimension to this assignment, I would you to write a poem using your word. The word could be used in the title of the poem or in the actual poem.
iv. Use It—In a Poem Don’t feel intimidated because you have to write a poem. If you have an idea of your own for a poem, use it! If you’re stuck for an idea, write a “snapshot” poem.
Snapshot Poem A snapshot taken with a camera is a quick, informal picture. Similarly, a snapshot poem really tries to create an informal picture of a person, a place, or an event. Use images that your reader can picture in their minds.
Snapshot Poem (continued) Your poem doesn’t have to rhyme, but it can. Your poem can be all one stanza or several stanzas.
Snapshot Poem (continued) Think about which words to put together on a line as this will affect how your reader takes in the words when he or she reads it. Use punctuation to help your reader understand the poem.
iv. Use It (continued) You can use the actual part of speech in the vocabulary book (i.e. churlish) or a different form of the word, such as churl, churlishly, or churlishness.
iv. Use It— “The Churlish Classmate” Angry or ill-mannered? Why Is that boy talking so loudly? Does he even know That his volume’s turned up too high? He spits racist comments at my best friend.
Is he ignorant or just insensitive? He wants to borrow a pen, like he does every day. Why does he never return them? Does he forget
Or doesn’t he know you’re Supposed to return Things you borrow? He leans on my desk and gets too close, invading my personal space.
Does he even know? Or care?
v. Quote It Using an Internet search engine, find the word used in two different sources. Quote the word in its context.
v. Quote It (continued) Present the word in the sentence in which it is used--and maybe you will need to present more than one sentence for the context to make sense.
v. Quote It (continued) You also have to give bibliographic credit for the quote, i.e. mention the author and where you found the quote and when you saw it.
v. Quote It (continued) You could look for a quote by going to a search engine, such as Google or Vivisimo. Type in your word and view the results.
v. Quote It (continued) I typed “churlish” at Google and received 26,300 citations. I had to look at several before I found a good context to quote. Notice that I have included bibliographic credit.
v. Quote It—Churlish “Equally, [Russell] Crowe's own rather churlish response to [Steve] Martin's early joke about how the actor had been ready to hit on Ellen Burstyn, made up to look older than her actual age, seemed consistent with the Australian actor's entire demeanor.”
v. Quote It Another way to find Internet sites that use your word is to type the word into the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary (http://www.m- w.com/home.htm ).
Underneath the entry there is a place to click that is labeled Get the Top 10 Most Popular Sites for… Usually there are a lot more than ten sites. Here’s a quote I found this way.
v. Quote It—Churlish "You, sir, are a rude fellow. You are churlish and unkind. Your disposition is grating and self-centered. If I am to make any progress in finding you a bride, you must change, Mr. Ledger, and quickly. (Eileen Putnam. html, viewed 13 June, 2002) html