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Learning Resource Type

Learning Activity

Inconceivable!: Using The Princess Bride to Assess Students


This activity is intended to be completed individually using Edpuzzle. Edpuzzle requires the teacher to set up an account but it is free. Students will watch a short video montage of The Princess Bride. Students are asked to define the word and to write a story using the word. 

This resource was created as part of the ALEX Resource Development Summit. 

    English Language Arts (2021) Grade(s): 6


    Discover word meanings by analyzing word parts, examining connotation and denotation, or using print or digital reference tools.

    Unpacked Content



    • Word parts
    • Connotation
    • Denotation
    • Print reference tools
    • Digital reference tools


    Students know:
    • The meaning of words can be identified by examining the word's morphological structure or its connotation or denotation.
    • Strategies for using print and digital reference tools.


    Students are able to:
    • Use word parts, connotation, and/or denotation to determine word meanings.
    • Use reference tools to determine word meanings.


    Students understand that:
    • If they encounter an unfamiliar or unknown word in text, they should use a strategy to discover the word meaning or consult a reference tool to find the word meaning.
    English Language Arts (2021) Grade(s): 6


    Discover word meanings through active listening in various contexts.

    Unpacked Content



    • Active listening


    Students know:
    • Active listening skills.


    Students are able to:
    • Learn the meanings of unfamiliar words through active listening in contexts such as classroom discussions, oral presentations, and digital formats.


    Students understand that:
    • They can learn the meaning of unfamiliar or unknown spoken words by using active listening skills.


    Learning Objectives

    Learning Objectives

    • The student will: 
    • define the word inconceivable using their knowledge of affixes and base words. 
    • write a short story using the word inconceivable.

    I can: 

    • define the word inconceivable because I have knowledge of affixes and base words.
    • write a short story using the word inconceivable

    Activity Details

    This activity allows the students to demonstrate their knowledge quickly and effectively. The students will access the Edpuzzle that the teacher assigned to them. As students watch the short Edpuzzle, they are asked to define the word "inconceivable." After students define the word, they will create a short story using the word "inconceivable." 

    Assessment Strategies

    Assessment Strategies

    The teacher will want to make sure that the students defined the word inconceivable correctly. If the student did not, the teacher should make sure that the student wrote a story that reflected what they believed the word meant. 

    If the teacher notices some students had trouble determining the meaning of a word, a small group of students could be formed. 

    Here is some information about the word taken from Etymonline:

    Meaning "take into the mind, form a correct notion of" is from mid-14c., that of "form as a general notion in the mind" is from late 14c., figurative senses also found in the Old French and Latin words. Related: Conceived; conceiving.

    Variation Tips

    Edpuzzles are very easy to create. If the teacher has a video they prefer to use for this type of activity, it would be very easy to replicate. 

    Background and Preparation

    Background / Preparation

    • The teacher will need to create an account on Edpuzzle. It is free. 
    • The teacher will need to add a class to Edpuzzle. All LMS are available to link (ie: Canvas, Schoology, Google Classroom, etc.) 
    • The teacher will assign the activity to the class. 
    • The teacher will make sure that students can access Edpuzzle. 

    Digital Tools / Resources