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How Word Choice and Language Sets the Tone of Your Essay
No color, no images, no sound. Just words on paper. How then, do writers convey the tone of a piece? By carefully selecting the words they use to create an impression in the minds of readers. After all, "Don't come back, Jack" expresses a very different sentiment than "Sorry, I'm not interested.
6 mins 9th - 12th Language Arts 4 Views 4 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Varied Word Choice
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.
5th Language Arts 8 Views 28 Downloads
Poetic Word Choice
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.
6th Language Arts 16 Views 61 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Language Arts, Word Choice
Third graders practice replacing words in a sentence to make it more interesting. In 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.
3rd Language Arts 30 Views 80 Downloads
More Vivid Word Choices-Said Is Dead
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
2nd - 5th Language Arts 17 Views 106 Downloads
Motivate your class using this lesson on word choice! Learners discuss how word choice affects a story, listen to Shrek! by William Steig, and write a paragraph using descriptive language. This resource could be followed by an activity in which each person brings in his favorite book and shares descriptive sentences.
4th Language Arts 7 Views 45 Downloads
New Review The Poetry of Robinson Jeffers: Word Choice and the Value of a Dictionary
Poets generally choose each word carefully, and Robinson Jeffers is no exception to this rule. Look closely at Jeffers' word choice in "Inscription for a Gravestone" and "The Deer Lay Down Their Bones" through discussion and writing. After choosing intriguing words as a class, send small groups off to look up these words in several different reference books and report their findings.
9th - 12th Language Arts 4 Views 5 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Connotation and Denotation: How Word Choice Affects a Paragraph
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.
7th - 8th Language Arts 76 Views 581 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Writing Pacing Charts
A week of word choice lessons is laid out here for your convenience! Learners focus on strong and weak verbs in several activities over five days. There are literature suggestions, and each day pupils complete a mini-lesson, workshop, and response.
2nd - 4th Language Arts 11 Views 150 Downloads
Writing Like an Artist Paints
Students explore the writing traits of word choice and idea development. In this 6 traits of writing lesson plan, students listen to and discuss the writing style of Chasing Vemeer by Blue Balliett. Students compose a descriptive paragraph that focuses on an object moving quickly past a character who is standing still.
5th - 8th Language Arts 3 Views 5 Downloads
Puns and Punctuation
Explore the writing traits of word choice and conventions. Middle school writers use this Six-Traits Writing lesson to discuss the writing style of the Tom Swift Adventure Series by Victor Appleton. They examine "Tom Swiftie" puns, paying special attention to dialogue punctuation.
6th - 8th Language Arts 15 Views 104 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Same Setting, Different Moods: Voice and Word Choice Using Lord of the Flies
"Kill the beast! Cut his throat! Spill his blood!" Whether it's dark, delightful, or somber, set the mood with William Golding's Lord of the Flies. High-schoolers practice descriptive writing by creating the appropriate mood for an original scene, starring one of the book's main characters.
9th - 10th Language Arts 11 Views 78 Downloads
Strengthening Natural and Relevant Support
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 activity or when studying poetry.
6th - 8th Language Arts 3 Views 12 Downloads
Setting the Tone with Figurative Language
Explore figurative language with your secondary class. Extending a language arts unit, the lesson plan prompts middle schoolers to examine how an author's word choice establishes a story's tone, possibly using metaphors, similes, onomatopoeia, alliteration, and personification.
8th Language Arts 202 Views 1757 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Choose Your Words Wisely
Improve word choice! Writers use dictionaries and thesauruses to aid them in choosing exciting words to incorporate in their writing. They rewrite sentences and practice identifying words that can be replaced using a better word. Flip through some old student work to give them more practice opportunities!
2nd - 8th Language Arts 32 Views 427 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Lesson One: Word Choice
In this word choice worksheet, students complete information relating to "The Witches" by Roald Dahl. Students practice using different adjectives, verbs, adverbs and descriptive words through writing activities. Students answer questions relating to the plot.
5th - 6th Language Arts 19 Views 53 Downloads