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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." This short video models for viewers how word choice affects tone.
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.
Fourth graders practice writing with description. For 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. 
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.
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
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.
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.
In this word choice learning exercise, students review guidelines and examples for quality word choice in writing. Students complete 3 activities for their word choice.
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.
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. They identify strong and weak verbs, acting them out and even playing charades! The lessons end with individuals practicing their writing skills by responding to a picture prompt and sharing their narratives. Extension and assessment activities are suggested.
In poetry, every word matters. Poets like Edgar Allan Poe make conscious choices when composing. Pupils take a close look at his poem "Romance," taking older word meanings into consideration during analysis and discussion. After a class talk about the meaning, individuals write a page about the impact of the meanings of the terms used in the poem. The lesson refers to specific pages in Great Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe; however, these poems could easily be found elsewhere.
Young scholars 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. Young scholars compose a descriptive paragraph that focuses on an object moving quickly past a character who is standing still.
Explore the writing traits of word choice and conventions. Middle school writers use this Six-Traits Writing lesson plan 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. First in groups and then as individuals, they create their own "Tom Swiftie" puns for their writer's notebooks or for a classroom collection.
"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. This activity is a great "through" activity for the novel, ideal for the middle of the book to really get your class into the plot and characterization.
Explore figurative language with your secondary class. Extending a language arts unit, the lesson prompts middle schoolers to examine how an author's word choice establishes a story's tone, possibly using metaphors, similes, onomatopoeia, alliteration, and personification. They can then develop their own plots using figurative language. 
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!
In these writing skills worksheets, students learn strategies to improve their word choice in their writing. Students complete three activities to help them with 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. Students answer fifty five short answer questions.
Knock, knock, knock...Creep out your class with a critical thinking lesson focused on word relationships in Edgar Allen Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart." They investigate  the relationship between word choice, mood, and interpretation of a piece of writing. They analyze the story, and then create a visual display of a favorite writer.

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