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Tip 1.1: Name that Noun

It's easy to create a simple classroom exercise to test your students' parsing and lemma identification skills using the search and highlighting features in BibleWorks.

In this classroom exercise the students identify the lemma and parsing of the highlighted Greek or Hebrew words that you display on screen. For this example, we will show all the nouns in 1 John chapter 1 using the BNT and BNM Greek texts.

Creating the Classroom Exercise

Add the text and morphology version
  • Clear all other display versions from the Browse window by typing d c (which stands for "display clear") and press Enter.
  • On the Command Line enter bnt and press Enter on your keyboard.
  • Now add the BNM to your display, as well. BNM should now be set as the search version. (The three-letter name bnm should be listed in the Command Line Version Button to the left of the Command Line).
Set the search limits
  • Now set the search limit to the book of 1 John. On the Command Line type the letter l (for "limits"), followed by a space and the abbreviation 1jo 1, and press Enter. Notice that the upper left-hand corner of the green box on the Command Line Version Button turns yellow. This reminds you that you have a set a search limit. (When you are ready to clear your search limits, type the letter l on the Command Line, and press Enter.)
Conduct your search
  • On the Command Line, search for all nouns using the following search: .*@n* then press Enter. The two wildcards (*) enables you to find every lemma (the first wildcard) of every form of every noun (the second wildcard).
Set the text version as the search version
  • Enter bnt on the Command line, and press Enter. Now the BNT is the search version.
  • Remove the morphology version BNM by typing on the Command Line d -bnm and pressing Enter. Now only the BNT appears in the Browse Window.
Configure the Browse Window and Analysis Window
  • The small button with the checked box in the upper corner of the button bar in the Browse Window is the Browse Window Options Button. Click this button. Turn off the Word Tips by selecting Toggle Word Tips.
  • Display more than one verse at a time by changing the Browse Window from the mult-version mode to the browse mode. To change to browse mode, click the Toggle Browse Mode button in the Browse Window button bar.
Configure the Analysis Window

Since you do not want to give away the answers to your students, you will want to hide the lemma, parsing, and definition of the words. There are a few ways you can do that.

  1. Hold down the shift key. This freezes the Word Analysis Window so it does not update when you place your cursor over a word.
  2. Change when the Analysis Window updates. Place your cursor over the Analysis Window, then click your right-hand mouse button. On the context menu select Update Only When Shift Key Depressed. This way you can use your cursor to point to the word you want the student to identify and parse, and only update the Analysis Window to check their answer when you hold down the shift key.
  3. Hide the Analysis Window. You can hide the window by clicking the Browse Window Options Button and selecting Toggle Analysis Window.

Preparing in advance

You can also prepare your highlighted words in advance.

  • Conduct the searches according to the instructions given above.
  • Save your highlighted search hits as a color file, then enable the color file during the class. For instructions on how to create and a display a color file, see the BibleWorks help file chapter 31, and the Study Guide "Using BibleWorks in the Classroom." Instructions for creating and using a color file are listed under the section "Preparing Examples for Classroom Display".

Ways to use your highlighted words in the classroom

  • Display the text on screen using a video projector. Ask students to identify the lemma and parsing of each word as the highlighted words appear in the text.
  • If you do not use a video projector in the classroom, you can follow the instructions below to create handouts for the students to use during the class.
  • Create handouts for class use, quizzes, or as homework assignments. After conducting your search and removing the morphology verse from the Browse Window, on the main BibleWorks menu select Tools | Copy Center. Under What to Copy select Text of Verse in Verse List. Under Where to Copy It, select Copy to Clipboard. Click the Format Options button. Under Miscellaneous check the box New line after each verse. Under Include check the boxes for Colors and Formatting. You will probably want to check other boxes there, as well. Click the Copy button, and paste the list to your word processor for formatting.
  • To create an answer sheet for the handouts, only display the morphology verse in the Browse Window. Remove the text version. Follow the instructions given above for using the Copy Center, and print a version of the handout using the morphology version. This provides the lemma@parsing information for checking the homework assignment or quiz.

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