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The Poetry of Robinson Jeffers: Word Choice and the Value of a DictionaryLesson Planet
9th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
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....
Same Setting, Different Moods: Voice and Word Choice Using Lord of the FliesLesson Planet
9th - 10th
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.
Figurative Language and Word Choice: A Closer Look at Bud, Not BuddyLesson Planet
6th CCSS: Adaptable
The difference between an average piece of writing and an unforgettable piece of writing can lie in the author's word choice. The figurative language in Chapter 2 of Christopher Paul Curtis's Newbery Medal winner, Bud, Not Buddy, is the...
Author's Purpose, Tone, and Word ChoiceLesson Planet
7th - 12th
It's important that readers can identify the author's purpose in a piece of writing. Give them different examples and this graphic organizer to help them keep track of how the tone and word choice can give hints to the purpose. Complete...
Shakespeare and Poe Teach Six-Trait WritingLesson Planet
5th - 8th
A Six-Trait Writing instructional activity helps your middle schoolers liven up their word choice and shows them how to evaluate their own writing. Class members take a close look at the language used in poems by Shakespeare, Kipling,...
Connotation: Three Lessons for Effective Word ChoiceLesson Planet
6th - 9th
Over the course of three days, middle schoolers explore the concept of connotation. They differentiate between the connotative and denotative meanings of sports team names, develop their own team names, logos, and text, and revise a news...
Writing About TalkingLesson Planet
2nd - 4th CCSS: Designed
The story of King Arthur is a fascinating one, and this retold excerpt offers an excellent example of narrative word choice in a dialogue. Learners read the text and examine the way the author uses synonyms for said. They write down all...
The Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe: Word Choice and the Value of a DictionaryLesson Planet
9th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
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...
Strong Descriptive Writing: James and the Giant PeachLesson Planet
4th - 6th
Support your writers! Clear procedures and appropriate support make this a superb resource for elementary writing instruction. Ready your class to compose original descriptive paragraphs inspired by the episode in Roald Dahl's James and...
"Knot" the Whole Truth: Writing a Modern-Day Story with a Tall Tale's VoiceLesson Planet
5th - 9th
Beyond Paul Bunyan and his blue ox, tall tales can be a great way to teach young writers about word choice and voice in their writing. Using Jerry Spinelli's Maniac Magee and the Six-Trait Writing process, they begin to write their own...
Is Perception Reality? Writing Paradoxes in PoetryLesson Planet
7th - 9th
Explore the paradox of the universe - or, at least, of popular music - with this lesson. Using the songs "Inaudible Melodies" by Jack Johnson and "She" by Green Day, your class will complete a graphic organizer to help them understand...