This is one of the most useful tools in my classroom. Students use it daily. I use this writer's dictionary with my students all year long. It not only has hundreds of the most commonly used words, but also has a thesaurus, common homophones with sentences for understanding, lists of characteristics, list of adjectives, number words, 20 themed word lists, and writing outlines for opinion, narrative, informative writing, and friendly letter, editing check list, and many extra helps for writing such as show don't tell helps, hooks, and using grammar.
Students use this writer's dictionary whenever they are in need of spelling or vocabulary ideas when writing. They also refer to it when writing a friendly letter, opinion, narrative, and informative writing.
I copy this packet front to back and them bind it together for students using card-stock for the front and back.
This packet includes the following:
27 pages of the most commonly used words with contractions broken into separate words and homophones with a sentence for proper usage. Also places for students to writing their own words.
Thesaurus- 3 pages of commonly used words and what to use instead.
Homophones - 6 pages of the most commonly used homophones with sentences to give the meaning of each.
Characteristic List - 2 pages of characteristic in ABC order
Adjectives - a page of adjectives broken into sections for easy usage: colors, size, taste, touch, sounds, numbers, people, and smells
Themed Words - 15 pages of lists of themed words to use when writing on a particular subject. Each themed list is broken down into categories: places/scenery, objects, characters, traits, and other words. The themed pages are: animals, camping, Christmas, Easter,election, fairy tales, family, farm, Halloween, Heroes, ocean, pirates, school, space, St. Patrick's Day, Thanksgiving, vacation, Valentine's Day, western and Winter.
Writing Outlines - for a friendly letter, opinion, narrative, and informative writing.
Student editing list
Extra writing helps - topic sentence/hook , conclusion, show-don't just tell, quotation marks, commas, a or an, capitals, types of sentences, when to start a new paragraph, basic paragraph
Last is more detailed information and instructions on how I use this dictionary in my classroom.
Making writing easier in the classroom,his will help with that goal.