ScrabbleJanetRuachoGatewayTechnical College ScrabbleIf people have always admired puttingwords together, perhaps they should consider playing Scrabble! What is Scrabble?In Scrabble, players earn points byconstructing words with letter tiles and placing them on the board game(Howcast, 2010). Scrabble is knownfor teaching unfamiliar words that help build vocabulary and word skills forchildren eight years and up (insert citation). The game has great values andbenefits that change the way the player uses his or her brain.
By using thebrain in a creative and efficient manner to create words from a sequence ofletters, a player places the word on the opponent’s previous word. Scrabble is a great game because itteaches expansion on vocabulary, teaches strategy, and increases socialbonding. In 1933, Alfred Mosher Butts invented a gamethat would lift the spirits of millions; the game was called Lexiko and is nowcalled Scrabble.
The game was trademarked ScrabbleBrand Crossword Game in 1948. The history of Scrabble was conceived duringthe Great Depression by an unemployed New York architect named Alfred MosherButts, who figured Americans could use a bit of distraction during the bleakeconomic times (Stephey, 2008). The game has been translated into 22 languages,from Arabic to Afrikaans. Every year, a National Scrabble Championship is held in a major US city, and on alternateyears the World Scrabble Championshipis hosted between Hasbro and Mattel. In addition, the National ScrabbleAssociation sanctions over 180 tournaments and more than 200 clubs in the USand Canada (History of SCRABBLE, n.d.
). Like checkers and chess, competitive Scrabble game play is extremely popularand continues to add players each year.At the beginning of the game, eachplayer draws a single letter tile from the pile. The player who draws theletter that is closest to “A” starts the game. If a blank tile is drawn, itbeats any letter.
When both players draw the same letter, they draw anotherone. In Scrabble, there is a cleartarget: to get as many points as possible, basically the objective in which theinexperience player tries to achieve in each move (Polar, 1955, p. 648). Afterthe first player is picked, the players return all letters and then puts them ina bag and shuffles them.
Finally, each player gets to draw seven new lettersand put them on their racks. Each letter has a different point value, so thegame strategy is to play words with high scoring letter sequences. Each turn,the player must create a new word using the existing words on the board and theletters on their rack. The word must be vertical or horizontal, but the wordcannot be diagonal. Semantic understanding is necessary for the process ofcreating a word while solving crossword puzzles; therefore, expert crosswordplayers should primarily rely on superior knowledge of word definitions (Toma,Halpern, & Burger, 2014, p.
728). The game ends when all the letters havebeen drawn in the board game and one player uses his or her last letter. Theplayer with the highest points, wins. Scrabbleis a great game because it teaches the expansion on vocabulary. Scrabble enhances language development,and people that have played this game before develop more interest in thewords, which builds their language skills.
The Scrabble board game is not only a fun game, it is also a game thatcan boost anyone’s vocabulary and help them develop spelling and writingskills. In this game, players can use a dictionary, which can help to generate unfamiliarwords. Learning new vocabulary is an important part of learning a language andwill benefit anyone in the future. The more words people know, the more theywill be able to understand what they hear and read. While the players arelearning new vocabulary words, the others will be trying to spell familiarwords correctly. People of all ages eight years and older will benefit fromexposure to the words they play on the Scrabbleboard. Anyone that plays Scrabble, hasa way to look at life and the values that Scrabble teaches. Children obtain vocabularythat they do not get in everyday conversations, on television or even aroundpeople.
Scrabble requires bothlanguage and enough creativity to make words out of any set of letters.Scrabblealso teaches strategy in life and throughout the game. The Scrabble strategy consist of the opening moves, the mid game phase,and the endgame. Opening the game by making the first move is dominant. Whenmaking the first move, the player will initially be controlling the board, andthe player will set the tone with the opportunities they open or avoid openingby exposing or blocking premium squares (Dove, n.d.
). This challenging formatcompels players to take an unsystematic mix of vowels and words and transformthem into combinations of winning words. You can improve at Scrabble by improving in a couple areas,such as vocabulary expansion and Scrabble tactics. That is the key of how towin at Scrabble. The board game focuses on strategy and useslinguistic-cognitive skills in a competitive format (Catapano, n.d.). The gamehelps you learn how to think strategically by learning little tricks like whennot to play a word and how to keep your opponent from being able to build onyour own words.
The game Scrabble has significant strategies; like memorizing unfamiliar words,exercising the brain by creating longer words to earn more points possible, andimproving usage of vocabulary and spelling words. The reasons for thepopularity and educational value of playing games is simple. Play is aninstinctual form of learning, for a clear demonstration of this instinctiveeducational play, just watch kittens learning to hunt and pounce using theirmother’s tail and they are no different (Kirk & Harris, 2011). In the game Scrabble you need to be very thoroughand careful with the letters you choose.
Players strive to use as many lettersas possible, especially when given the 50 point bonus awarded for using all sevenletters the player holds during the game. Knowing how to play and knowing thestrategies of how the game is played could either win or lose the game. It isimportant to explicitly teach vocabulary using effective strategies that willengage students in learning new words for example, association strategies,imagery, and graphic organizers (Sibold, 2011, p.
26). Also, placements and thelocation of the word on the board is key because the double letters will scorehigher points for you. The player with the most points at the end of the gamewins.Scrabble increasessocial bonding by learning how to adapt to new sets of rules and work together.The game brings people together and they spend time with each other forrecreation and entertainment. Scrabble isnot only a mental exercise, but it is also an excellent social game. Scrabble lets people discuss thelanguage while competing.
Social skills are also enhanced as children improvecommunication and practice good sportsmanship traits (Atkins, 2017). The gamebuilds social skills as players play in teams, the more they play the game, themore confident people become as they improve their communication skills. Peoplehave great memories while playing Scrabbleat family events, birthday parties, and even at school. The game can teach teammembers to work together and communicate clearly and effectively while playingthe game.
Theimportance of Scrabble is a newreason to learn new words and help build vocabulary and word competence. Peopleof all ages need to keep on learning in life and should benefit to express themselveswith new words. The most important part is to remember these new words that noone has ever heard of before. It is great practice for those that have a tough timespelling or writing words. “The real value of games are the episodes ofauthentic play that unite groups and build communities, and school librarianscan easily encourage that play. While engaging in authentic play, students alsohappen to be using 21st-century learning skills like inquiry, evaluation, andsynthesis” (Kirk & Harris, 2011). Overall, Scrabble is a great game to play because it builds vocabulary,teaches strategies, and increases social bonding. ReferencesAtkins,M.
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