Writing with vivid and powerful language makes a student’s writing shine and standout. Unfortunately, this is a very tough skill to master. I’ve tried extra adjective practices, extra modeling practices, and on and on, but nothing seemed to work. That is until…..POWER FLOWERS! These have been a great way to help my students not only with improving their writing but also helping to reinforce synonym and antonyms.
I start off by introducing some very BORING and BLAH writing samples and discuss words that are overused and/or aren’t descriptive enough. Then we brainstorm a list of possible words to improve upon. From there, each student is assigned a word, and he or she is in charge of finding “Power Flower” words to replace their boring words. This is also a great opportunity for students to work on thesaurus and dictionary skills! You can have students find synonyms or both synonyms and antonyms.
From there, we create our “Power Flower” garden which stays up in our classroom all year to help with writing!
This also pairs nicely with a Dead Words unit!