More than a Mini-Lesson!
This exercise will help your students to see the importance of using more exact language and give them the opportunity to expand their vocabulary by looking up synonyms for good and bad in a variety of contexts.
The lesson can be completed in one class period or extended to cover a couple of days, depending on the age/level of your students and your own objectives.
It begins with a five-minute Ted-Ed video summarizing the reasons to avoid using good and bad. You'll need a computer and projector to show the video to your whole class. If you don't have a computer lab, you can assign the video for homework or in a computer lab, and then complete the rest of the activity in the classroom. Depending on your classroom set-up, it might also work as a literacy center lesson.
See the thumbnails for pictures of the student worksheet. I've also included a one-page summary of the lesson plan I used and some tips based on my experience using this in the classroom.
I developed this lesson at the request of a 9th grade English teacher in my school who was trying to teach her students about word choice and specificity. She needed time to conference with her students individually, so I went in and taught this lesson to her two periods of English I. I'm going to keep developing these one-period writing & reading to use in other classes, so follow me on TeachersPayTeachers if you're looking for something "more than a mini-lesson" to supplement your current English curriculum.
I'd love to hear what you think of the lesson!