At the beginning of each week, my students head a sheet of paper with the title “Words of the Week.” Every day I put a new word on the overhead projector. They copy it onto their sheet and we take several minutes to talk about the definition and practice using the word in sentences. I call on students to share their sentences and the word's part of speech with the class. We also discuss the origin of the word and other related words. The students, who answer correctly when called upon, earn a bonus point on their Daily Performance Chart. With this incentive, “Words of the Week” has become a popular activity and the expanded word power is showing up in the drafts my students write for their portfolios.