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If your students overuse words such as good, went, nice, bad, really, a lot, fun, etc., this exercise will help them recognize their use of these weak words and have alternatives on hand.
-Pg 1: student form in which they write their alternatives words to the weak words listed
-Pgs 2-3: key of word choice alternatives
-Appropriate for grade 6+
Extra: Post a Dead Words gravestone on the wall and every couple of weeks add another word which has 'died' and will be disallowed in classroom writing from that point on (without teacher permission)!
I've been using this technique for 11 years now and it is a staple of my classroom because it is so effective at decreasing use of these weak words (and thus increasing vocab and general writing scores)!
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