Push Students Beyond Obvious Descriptions

Push Students Beyond Obvious Descriptions

Push Students Beyond Obvious Descriptions Jan 5, 2018 | [Writing] Strong descriptive writing requires that students do more than just identify a scene for their readers. They need instruction on how to carefully study and deeply think about a subject in order to bring...
Identify Synonyms for the Basic Color Words

Identify Synonyms for the Basic Color Words

Consider teaching students that strong word choice is like selecting just the right shade of a word. Compare general words to 8-box crayon words and more specific words to 24- or 64-box crayon words. We want writers to stop using blue when they know midnight,...
Build Students’ Verb Choice

Build Students’ Verb Choice

Kristina Smekens is convinced that stronger verbs produce stronger writing, which produces higher test scores. Work this winter to build your students’ verb choice. Not just their word choice–their verb choice! 1. Collect lists of “Great Verbs We...