Understanding Euphemisms, Ambiguities, and Twisted Wording in Nonfiction

Grade Levels
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Resource Types
Product Rating
4.0
File Type
PDF (Acrobat) Document File
Be sure that you have an application to open this file type before downloading and/or purchasing.
0.15 MB   |   4 pages

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

Spin-doctoring, the purposeful twisting of words to manipulate nonfiction readers, can create dangerous propaganda for minds unaccustomed to critical analysis of word choices. We must teach 6th- through 9th-grade students to read critically and be on the lookout for subtly injected points-of-view in nonfiction and misleading "facts."

This lesson, in the form of a ready-to-use handout, takes a humorous approach to verbal manipulation by first presenting a funny retelling of a criminal's history in euphemistically vague terms. Students will experiment, in a collaborative exercise, with writing their own "news briefs" and then trading them with a partner who will "spin" the news item into a falsely positive yarn. After discussing the modifications, they will write a short essay response about spin-doctoring.

Multiple extension exercises follow the initial writing exercise, involving research and written analysis of contrasting actual news stories; a study and short essay about manipulative advertisements; writing short fiction to depict the use of euphemisms to protect young children; writing personal narratives to reflect upon word power and its positive and negative uses; and peer review and revision.

This lesson fulfills CCSS Literacy and Writing Standards for grades 6 through 9/10. The exercises involve reading as much as writing, and could extend through five class periods. The author of this lesson is a professional writer/editor as well as a private writing teacher.
Total Pages
4
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
1 Week

Average Ratings

4.0
Overall Quality:
4.0
Accuracy:
4.0
Practicality:
4.0
Thoroughness:
4.0
Creativity:
4.0
Clarity:
4.0
Total:
1 rating
COMMENTS AND RATINGS:
Please log in to post a question.
PRODUCT QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS:
$5.00
Digital Download
ADD ONE TO CART
$5.00
Digital Download
ADD ONE TO CART
Understanding Euphemisms, Ambiguities, and Twisted Wording