Overused Words Activity

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Tired of students using the same words in their writing - or worse - plugging in random words from the thesaurus? Are they ready to develop a strategy that will fit their goals for test taking, writing, and college? This activity was made for secondary students who need to stop overusing the same words.

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

Students will also make a finished product for this activity, and I have included a poster to headline the wall/ bulletin board for a display. I typically have students complete this assignment before parent-teacher conferences, as it is sometimes difficult to find a meaningful display to show parents in a secondary classroom.

This product includes:

* Two posters that cover proper thesaurus use and the problem with overused words.
* 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.
* A lesson plan that takes teachers step by step through the process, and includes final reflections, methods to differentiate, and possible discussion starters.

Students are given choices in this activity. These choices allow them to learn new words that are truly new to them, and meaningful as well. Students take ownership in expanding their vocabularies - a skill secondary students need. They will understand the importance of realizing the denotation and connotations of similar words. If your students need guidance in meaningfully expanding their vocabularies, this lesson is for you.

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