As an aide at CMS, I got to different classes each period with different students. In one of the sixth grade reading classes, the word of the weeks is arduous. When I was in seventh grade, that was one of our vocab words.
WHO REMEMBERS THEIR 7th GRADE VOCAB WORDS?!?!?
Answer: People who had a teacher who used rhymes for remembering. She'd put up an overhead [oh I'm old!] with the word, the rhyme, the definition, and the picture. And it worked.
- Arduous: hard on us
- Aloof: on the roof
- Churlish: girlish
- Asunder: split by thunder
- Chattel: cattle
- Chicanery: like Sean Connery
I never thought of her as anything special, but I guess she was.