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Fashion Show

writing a script for an imaginative fashion show that personifies vocabulary words

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Vocabulary on the Runway: Jubilant
by Maddie, fourth grade writer

Jubilant (adj): joyful and triumphant; elated; rejoicing

"Next on the runway comes Jubilant in her pink, silk dress with the definition of jubilant painted happily across it.

"Get a load of that cape, too, I mean, just look at it! With its smiley faces and suns all over it, and those smiley face shoes. WOW!"


Vocabulary on the Runway: Genial
by Kylie, fifth grade writer

Genial (adj): having a pleasant or friendly disposition or manner

“Our next model to brighten the runway is Genial. Her warm and friendly attitude is easy to see as she lightly tiptoes across the stage. Watch as she spins like a ballerina and graciously blows kisses to her friends in the crowd.

“Her bright yellow ball gown sparkles underneath the lights of the runway. The beautiful dress is covered in glittery sequins. It is so bright and cheery that the people in the front row have to cover their eyes! Even our model, Genial, must wear sunglasses because of the light that shines from her dress and sun-shaped earrings. Now that’s bright!

“The next time you are invited to a fabulous, fun, and friendly dance, you could wear this same dress designed by Mother Nature. You’ll be the Sunshine of the party!


Vocabulary on the Runway: Prognostication
by Kaylie, a fifth grade writer

“Get ready to be amazed by Prognostication! Here comes Prognostication now, rolling down the runway in her hot pink roller skates and wearing her matching futuristic zippered-down suit. Wow!

“As she spins around, just look at her crystal ball purse creating shining pink smoke above your heads! What is happening? She looks like she is trying to predict the future. I think she is predicting that her outfit will steal the show. She looks like she is wearing the outfit of the future.

“Prognostication knew you would be delighted with her amazing talent. Prognostication predicts that her outfit will be selling out in the near future. And so, as Prognostication rolls back down the runway in a pink cloud of smoke, she nods her head and winks.”

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Vocabulary on the Runway: Misfortune
by Annie, sixth grade writer

Misfortune (noun): a piece of bad luck; unlucky accident

"As the elegant Misfortune struts down the runway with a beautiful caution tape scarf and a wonderful dress, she trips and people laugh. The dress is filled with a stormy designs and looks like a huge, looming wave.

"Her black cat handbag compliments her wonder-filled dress. The high heals have exquisite deco. This piece is modeled by Remi Saffron and made by fabulous Ooops, Inc."

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