5th Grade - Precise Language
Use precise language, including vivid words and figurative language. 0502.3.16
Links verified on 9/3/2014
- Building Vocabulary: Making Multi genre Glossaries Based on Student Inquiry - students make their own glossaries
- Essays - read these examples and recognize the allusions
- Dover Beach - Matthew Arnold
- A Grand Compromise - by James P. Pinkerton
- "Letter from a Birmingham Jail [King, Jr.]"
- I Have A Dream - Martin Luther King, Jr
- Exercises for Eliminating Wordiness - [exercise 1] Revise these sentences to state their meaning in fewer words
- Exercises for Eliminating Wordiness - [exercise 2] Combine each sentence group into one concise sentence
- Exercises for Eliminating Wordiness - [exercise 3] Revise the following passage, avoiding wordiness and undesirable repetition
- Figurative Language - definitions and examples of several types of figurative language
- Figurative Language Baseball - Batter Up! pick the correct figurative term.
- Figurative Language Quiz - alliteration, similes and metaphors, personification, connotation and imagery
- How To Write Clearly - tip sheet on using precise and concise language
- Improving Sentence Clarity - Strategies for improving the clarity of your sentences and your papers
- Literature-Figurative Language-Part 1 - Read these lines from poems. Identify the meaning you think fits best.
- Literal language versus figurative language - lesson plan; students research proverbs and create presentations.
- "The Negro Speaks of Rivers" - by Langston Hughes - gain understanding on interpreting author's viewpoint, figurative language, historical perspective, cultural perspective
- Powerful Writing: Description in Creating Monster Trading Cards - Students create their own monster trading cards using "powerful," vivid language to describe their creatures
- Strategies for Improving Sentence Clarity - suggestions in an article [This expired link is available through the Wayback Machine Internet Archive. If the page doesn't load quickly click on Impatient? at the bottom right of the page.]
- Sentence Fragment Exercises - The sentences below appeared in papers written by students. Act as their editor, marking a C if the sentences in the group are all complete and an F if any of the sentences in the group is a fragment. [This expired link is available through the Wayback Machine Internet Archive. If the page doesn't load quickly click on Impatient? at the bottom right of the page.]
- Techniques for Writing: Using Specific Language - Strike a balance between specific and general language. Interactive exercise.
- Tips for More Vivid Writing - article
- Using Vivid Adjectives - explore vivid adjectives in a variety of activities including thesaurus use and story development software
- Vivid Descriptions and Works of Art - lesson plan
- Vivid Verbs - lesson plan - This lesson will encourage students to use more vivid verbs, verbs that give a very clear picture of the action taken place
- Vivid Verbs - two page list of vivid verbs to print for your students [This expired link is available through the Wayback Machine Internet Archive. If the page doesn't load quickly click on Impatient? at the bottom right of the page.]
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