Ratiocination

9th - 12th
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Writers use the four steps outlined here to edit their own or a peer’s paper. Using different colors of highlighters, editors note “to be” verbs, examine the length of sentences, box the first word in every sentence, and mark instances of banned words (very, got, get, nice, bad, etc.). A great strategy, especially for your visual learners.

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Sentence Completion 9 Low-Advanced SAT Level

The explanations sheet is the key to a worksheet that asks learners to choose the best words to complete sentences. The answer and explanations pages not only identify the correct response but offer an extensive explanation for why one response is correct and the other foils are not. Part of a series of worksheets that can be used as practice sets, as the basis for a reading comprehension strategies lesson, or as standardized test prep.

The Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe: Word Choice and the Value of a Dictionary

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 instructional activity refers to specific pages in Great Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe; however, these poems could easily be found elsewhere.

Reading Functional Weather Sight Words 

Sight words, word recognition, and flash card drills are the mode for teaching that is outlined here. To increase weather vocabulary and content specific word recognition, kids with special needs work through flash card drills. The teacher chooses several weather words out of a weather report, uses them to create flashcards, then drills the learners until they can identify them correctly. They then attempt to identify each word in context. 

Sentence Clarity

Give your sentences more clarity by learning to avoid misplaced modifiers, dangling modifiers, and the passive voice. Review parallel structure as well. Plenty of examples are shown, providing utmost clarity.

ELA.CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.11-12.3

Tired of simple sentences? Bored by brief sentences? Plagued by boring sentences? Enrich your life and the writing of your pupils by modeling how to combine sentences to create more varied syntax. Groups then find a number of ways to combine a series of sentences, and examine an excerpt from an essay by Gal Talese entitled, “New York is a City of Things Unnoticed.”

How to Use Context to Determine the Meaning of Words

Eschew obfuscation. Or at the very least, use context to determine the meaning of unfamiliar words. Strategies for using context are outlined in a short video that suggests looking for the definition in the sentence, for examples that may help, for synonyms or antonyms, or by substituting other words that keep the sense of the sentence.

Seeing Words in a New Way

What's the best resource to use when looking up words? Use Visual Thesaurus to see a word's meaning. The class accesses the interactive website and then compares and contrasts the difference between using a traditional dictionary and the Visual Thesaurus. They compare and contrast the process for using each resource and create an informational word poster.

Sentence Fragment Editing

In this sentence fragment worksheet, students are presented with 16 sentences. Students must determine whether the sentence is correct or a fragment.

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." This short video models for viewers how word choice affects tone.

Transition Words and Phrases: Road Signs for the Reader

Therefore! However! Furthermore! Explore the power of transition words and phrases. Signal your readers by suggesting the relationship between different thoughts or points. Help them demonstrate an understanding of word relationships. 

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