Illuminate your spelling by playing this KS3 quiz on words beginning at il.
"I believe that life is chaotic, a jumble of accidents, ambitions, misconceptions, bold intentions, lazy happenstances and unintended consequences. Yet I also believe that there are connections that illuminate our world, revealing its endless mystery and wonder." - David Maraniss.
What a wonderful selection of nouns in Maraniss's quotation! Often the advice given out to students to help them improve their written work insists that it is the addition of exciting adjectives that will make a piece of writing more vivid. It is true that the insertion of an adjective or two will help the reader to imagine the scene, if you are producing a piece of description. But, as you'll know, a well-chosen verb can also bring your work to life. The lesson is that choosing words with care and precision will improve all writing. Look again at the quotation above: what is the difference between "accidents", "happenstances" and "consequences"? Try to add some new words to your vocabulary every week and see what happens!