USING PRECISE LANGUAGE BUNDLE
1. SHADES OF MEANING
Illustrated Shades of Meaning templates get kids excited about using precise language in their own writings and help them pay attention to how the pros use words to stir readers’ emotions.
***Differentiated for three proficiency levels This product is also included in the Banish Boring Writing Bundle
There are differentiated exercises in this product which include:
24 Illustrated templates with word lists (beginner)
24 Illustrated templates with word prompts (intermediate)
24 Illustrated templates without cues (advanced)
24 Sets of concentration game cards (end-of-unit review)
24 Additional illustrated templates for centers
2 All-purpose templates
HOW TO USE SHADES OF MEANING TEMPLATES
Step 1: Give students a template containing a set of nine words which include various shades of meanings (e.g. beg – implore – mooch – urge – ask – plead – petition – demand– request).
Step 2: Using a dictionary, each student works individually to select five words from the list and rank them from the lightest shade of meaning (Space 1) to the darkest shade of meaning (Space 5). After the all students have recorded their selections, individuals will meet with a group to discuss how they selected and ordered the words (e.g.1.ask, 2.mooch, 3.beg, 4.implore, 5.demand). Note: The discussions about word meanings which result from this exercise are the most important part of this activity.
Step 3: Next, students work together in order come to an agreement about which words should be used for this group activity and the best way to rank them.
Step 4: After an agreed-upon list is generated, each group member will be responsible for crafting a sentence for one or more of the newly-ranked words.
Step 5: Finally, each group will read or perform sentences created during this activity.
Level Two and Level Three Templates should be used to differentiate this assignment or as scaffolding exercises.
2. TRANSITION TICKETS
Ordinary paragraphs transform into powerful pieces of writing with regular use of Transition Tickets.
Students craft well-developed paragraphs using the transitions or transition phrases from their tickets to respond to class assignments.
30 TICKETS (containing four stems and directions for using them) are included in this product, along with PARTNER TASK SHEETS which can be used in hard copy form or in paperless presentation mode.
3. SHOW DON’T TELL
Get students to add interesting details to writings with “Show Don’t Tell” emoticon activities.
Students will enjoy participating in gallery walks, role plays, skit writing, and group games.
But more importantly, they will apply these skills when generating pre-writes and drafting narratives.
33 Emoticon Paired Activity Sheets and Presentation Slides
32 Emoticon Task Cards
24 Emoticon Notebook Squares for Prewrites and Drafts
1 Station Display Poster Card
Total: 240 pages
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