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Crazy English

In Crazy English, teacher and humorist Richard Lederer paints a hilarious portrait of some of our language's odder edges.  Share the joy with your students as you give them practice using a dictionary.  Use the links below to review assignments and a test I devised for use with a middle school class.  Use them as is, or adapt them for use in your classroom.  For a taste of Lederer's book, read the segments he has posted on his website.

  1. Oxymora

  2. Multiple meanings

  3. Heteronyms

  4. Homonyms/Homophones

  5. Synonyms

  6. Test

  7. Test - Key

In case you missed it, I put up another assignment based on a Lederer idea in Ain't That Write?.

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