Convey Tone with Word Connotations

Convey Tone with Word Connotations

As teachers (and parents) many of us have uttered the following when disciplining a student (or child)–“It’s not what you said; it’s how you said it.” The power of word choice goes beyond simply sending a message to someone. We also have...
Define or Describe Nouns with Appositives

Define or Describe Nouns with Appositives

These are an excellent addition to students’ expository writing. Whenever they use a specific term or vocabulary word, they can insert an explanation or synonym. This not only adds variety to the sentence types, but it also demonstrates a sense of audience. The...
Create a Customized Classroom Thesaurus

Create a Customized Classroom Thesaurus

As you are building word-smiths and encouraging them to utilize stronger word choice in their writing, consider creating a place for students to log those better words. With a little tape, some staples, and several paper plates, Theresa Fulton’s second graders...
Peruse These Purple Word Paloozas

Peruse These Purple Word Paloozas

To celebrate strong word choice in student writing, Kristina Smekens has suggested the idea of using a purple highlighter. Rather than writing lots of time-consuming compliments on student papers, a teacher can quickly communicate the same message with just a stroke...
Include Descriptive Writing in Every Genre

Include Descriptive Writing in Every Genre

Many of us learned descriptive writing as a specific genre and consequently teach it as a separate unit. However, descriptive writing isn’t a genre–it is an element in all genres. You’ll find it in all types of narrative, expository, and persuasive...