Writing Precise Verbs Task Cards for High School English 9-12

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9th - 12th, Homeschool
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Description

Frustrated by students randomly selecting verbs from those big lists of verbs when they write? Do students rely on the thesaurus too much?

Bewildered by a squirrel's act against our family’s pumpkin last fall, I took a picture of his destruction and turned it into a teachable moment about selecting the strongest verbs when writing. My students loved this example, so I created more.

These task cards help writers (grades 9-12) develop a sensitivity to the nuances of verbs through 12 examples (11 images and 1 quotation from the Gettysburg Address). Each example features an image/quotation and 5 or 6 verbs that students evaluate, ultimately selecting the most precise verb for the example. From my blog, learn more about a student's improvements with verbs following our work with these cards.

This resource includes:

  • 12 engaging task cards with 75 precise verbs throughout them
  • an answer key with explanations
  • suggested questions for discussion

These task cards are easy to implement as mini-lessons during your next writing/editing session and generate great discussions!

The correct answers feature the following precise verbs: gouged, unfurling, singed, upholding, brandishing, stockpiled, scrutinizing, incentivizing, protecting, sprouting, descending, and memorialize.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to manage the complexity of the topic.
Use precise words and phrases, telling details, and sensory language to convey a vivid picture of the experiences, events, setting, and/or characters.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Consult general and specialized reference materials (e.g., dictionaries, glossaries, thesauruses), both print and digital, to find the pronunciation of a word or determine or clarify its precise meaning, its part of speech, or its etymology.
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.

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