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Choosing Specific & Descriptive Language for Writing

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This PPT presentation presents 40 separate exercises in which two versions of a sentence are presented and the student is asked to choose which one contains more-specific and descriptive language. It is presented in a format that would be easy to have students write their response to each item down on paper (forcing participation by all). After the first 20 exercises, it has a built-in check (the correct responses are then shown in red text). There is another check after the second set of 20 slides. I developed this and used it with my students in Writing when they began to think my demand for "more descriptive language" was met with a Bambi & the Buick look and an attempt to pass off the mere addition of more "very"'s in their sentences (preceding their adjectives) as an improvement to their writing in this area. This lesson will open the floor to discussion of why one choice is better than the other in each exercise. You can "doll" it up by editing it and inserting your own colored background in PPT!
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