Improve Student Writing with Vocabulary: Overused Words, Thesaurus Abuse

Improve Student Writing with Vocabulary: Overused Words, Thesaurus Abuse
Improve Student Writing with Vocabulary: Overused Words, Thesaurus Abuse
Improve Student Writing with Vocabulary: Overused Words, Thesaurus Abuse
Improve Student Writing with Vocabulary: Overused Words, Thesaurus Abuse
Improve Student Writing with Vocabulary: Overused Words, Thesaurus Abuse
Improve Student Writing with Vocabulary: Overused Words, Thesaurus Abuse
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  1. This writing bundle contains everything I use for writing throughout the year with my freshmen and sophomores. The preview contains a detailed map for using all of these products, which I have created to address different learners and needs. While creating these writing activities, I kept the overar
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Tired of students using the same words in their writing (or worse) plugging in random words from the thesaurus? These activities were made for secondary students who need to stop overusing the same words and improve their overall writing structure.

Students will brainstorm words, elaborate with and without a thesaurus, define words, and compile a personalized list that includes the denotative and connotative meanings. Your students will have practical ideas to implement in their writing immediately.

This product includes three activities

to improve student writing. Feel free to use these for the entire class, for student choice, or with stations:

ACTIVITY ONE: students taking ownership of vocabulary

* A poster that covers proper thesaurus use (see thumbnails for pictures).

* A word chart for final word choices and their definitions/ connotative meanings.

* Reflecting prompt and writing page.

* A sample of the activity with over twenty similar words and their definitions.

ACTIVITY TWO: common structure errors

* A poster that covers Dos and Don'ts of writing - formal language, limited qualifiers, and such (see thumbnails for pictures).

* A sheet with examples of the common structural problems for students.

* A guiding sheet for teachers for discussion.

ACTIVITY THREE: improve verbs

* A small paragraph with weak verbs and instructions for students to rewrite it.

* An answer key.

Because I stress with these activities that students should take ownership of their writing, I included a writing process sheet. I use this to emphasize that each student must develop their own ways of writing. A strong vocabulary is part of improving student writing.

Please see the lesson plan in the preview. It takes teachers step by step through the process and includes final reflections, methods to differentiate, and possible discussion starters.

This product and all of the following are in a money-saving bundle:

Writing Bundle for Freshmen and Sophomores

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Acquire and use accurately general academic and domain-specific words and phrases, sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.
Analyze nuances in the meaning of words with similar denotations.
Consult general and specialized reference materials (e.g., dictionaries, glossaries, thesauruses), both print and digital, to find the pronunciation of a word or determine or clarify its precise meaning, its part of speech, its etymology, or its standard usage.
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grades 11–12 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
Acquire and use accurately general academic and domain-specific words and phrases, sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.
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