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Use Ambitious Vocabulary

In this worksheet, students will develop their understanding of more advanced and ambitious vocabulary and identify ways to utilise this in their own writing.

'Use Ambitious Vocabulary' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 3

Year:  Year 9 English worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Writing

Curriculum subtopic:   Use Growing Knowledge to Support Writing

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Worksheet Overview

pond in a wood


When you are writing, or when you are proofreading what you have written, selecting ambitious and advanced vocabulary is a great way to make sure you are creating exactly the image and mood you want for your reader. 


In this activity, you will work with 10 words that will challenge you in terms of the vocabulary you use. 


Have a look at the words and their definitions and get ready to start the questions.


gnarled -  rough and twisted, especially with age

sombre - dull, serious or sad

macabre - disturbing due to fear of death

disconcerting - unsettling

spectres - ghosts or ghostly

oppressive - weighing heavily

desiccated - all moisture removed, dried out

gossamer - light, thin and insubstantial

impenetrable - impossible to pass through or enter

forsaken - abandoned, deserted


woman writing


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If you want to look back at the introduction just click on the red help button on the screen at any point.

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