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W. W. Jacobs' short story "The Monkey's Paw" is the anchor text used in a series of short videos that detail the steps in the process a writer would use to craft an alternative narrative ending to a story. This video focuses on the revision process, specifically strategies that help the writer locate and revise awkward phrases and strengthen word choice. Because the videos model the entire writing process, learners would benefit from reading Jacobs' story and watching the entire series as they craft their own ending.
Students discuss the importance of word choice in writing. In groups, they rank a list of words from one extreme to the other. After viewing an example, students apply their knowledge of word choice by writing a descriptive paragraph of their own.
Fifth graders examine how to use a variety of word choices when writing. They discuss how using more descriptive words leads to a more varied word choice, watch a teacher-created PowerPoint presentation, and using a Thesaurus replace words in sentences.
Sixth graders discover word choices to use when writing a conversation. They explore synonyms for "said." Students examine a thesaurus. They create a writing piece using the writing process. Students edit and revise their work.
Fourth graders practice writing with description. In this descriptive lesson, 4th graders see the results of a task when the directions are not clear. They come up with descriptive words and write their own instructions. 
Groups or pairs choose ordinary objects from a bag and rename them based on traits, so that a stapler becomes a "paper cobra." Then they connect this exercise to the way authors use language to emphasize certain traits through word choice. They record and explain special or unfamiliar words while reading from the verse novel Keeping the Night Watch by Hope Anita Smith. You can get the worksheets by registering for free with Readworks.org. 
Students explore storytelling by conceptualizing a story with classmates. For this publishing lesson, students identify the idea development process and discuss word choice when writing a story. Students utilize a graphic organizer to assist with their rough drafts and eventually "publish" a final draft in class.
Third graders practice replacing words in a sentence to make it more interesting. For this word choice lesson, 3rd graders listen to the story The Hard-Times Jar by Ethel Smothers and discuss the author's word choice. Students then practice making sentences more interesting by changing a single word.
Analyze the story Chicken Little by Stephen Kellogg to identify more detailed word choices to replace the word said. Writers list new words in a notebook, dramatically act out lines from they story to demonstrate the finer shading of each word, and write new sentences for some of the characters using their new vocabulary
For this word choice worksheet, learners complete information relating to "The Witches" by Roald Dahl. Students practice using different adjectives, verbs, adverbs and descriptive words through writing activities. Learners answer questions relating to the plot. Students answer fifty five short answer questions.
Ninth graders examine the importance of word choice when writing. They discuss how to use a thesaurus, read a short scary story that has un-exciting words, and revise the scary story for word choice.
Improve word choice and descriptive details with one resource. Colorful slides take middle schoolers through the process of writing with their five senses, and choosing the best adjectives and verbs for their writing. Use the presentation in a narrative writing lesson or when studying poetry.
In this word choice worksheet, students review guidelines and examples for quality word choice in writing. Students complete 3 activities for their word choice.
Eighth graders draw a picture of a place they would like to visit, brainstorm a list of adjectives describing that place and then write a postcard from a virtual trip using vivid vocabulary and details so that the reader can picuttre themselves there.
Sixth graders explore language arts by writing dialogue. In this vocabulary choice lesson, 6th graders identify synonyms and the importance of using a thesaurus while writing dialogue in their own original work. Students revise and edit their writing based on notes given to them from a peer.
What are the six traits of writing anyway? Young writers focus on ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, and conventions to assess additions to their writing portfolio. They will create and add to a writing portfolio over a predetermined amount of time. There are ideas to help you focus on teaching each of the six writing conventions. Kids will love sharing their portfolios upon completion! 
Students investigate the importance of word choice in writing. In this Traits of Writing lesson, students read The Disappearing Alphabet by Richard Wilbur noting the best words used in the story. Students then write stories about missing alphabet letters.
Intended for an audience of teachers, this presentation lays out the six traits of writing, the writing process, and the teaching process for traits and strategies. If you are trying to understand the writing process more fully, you might consider looking over this resource. The fonts can be distracting, but the content is present.
Review the terms denotation, connotation, diction, and mood in paragraph writing. After defining the terms, middle schoolers practice writing examples of both connotation and denotation. They complete a connotation and denotation graphic organizer and chart, and then they practice incorporating the elements using the paragraphs on the final worksheet.
Using chapter 1 of Jerry Spinelli's Milkweed, middle schoolers write a personal memoir based on Spinelli's style and a Six Trait writing activity. The lesson suggests several ways to activate prior knowledge, including a picture book and a Kelly Clarkson song, but a teacher can choose what elements he or she thinks are necessary to the lesson. Word choice and idea development are the focus traits for this activity.

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