- Create a class book
that will aid students in boosting their word choice skills. On
one page write a word like, good in boring grey print. On
the following page have students write substitutes for the words good.
Use other boring words to find substitutes for like cool, bad, sad, mad,
happy, fun, etc. Students will surprise you with their list of
tired boring words.
- Have a tired word
funeral. Put one tired word per slip of paper. Invite each
student to place one tired word in a small cardboard box. Have a
small tired word funeral by burring these words to never be used again.
- Use simple tired
word in short sentences. Have students replace words or rewrite
the sentence using specific nouns, colorful verbs and snappy adjectives
- Use a big book full
of excellent word choices. Cover up some of the colorful words
with sticky notes and as you read the book to the class have them guess
what the covered word may be. Often times they will guess words
that would go well in that place write them down and talk about how many
words can be substituted in its place. If they are unfamiliar with
the covered word direct them to the list of optional words to find their
own meaning. This is an excellent skill that can help students
during test taking time.
- Create a class
alphabet book using fresh, exciting, colorful words. Put this book
in the library for students to reference when having trouble finding
just the right word.
- Challenge students
to write a description of something simple like the smell of spaghetti,
feel of their bed, or the sunset. Have them review their writing
once they have finished and concentrate on using word choice to show not
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