Precise Word Choice (Grades 1-3)

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The lesson introduces students to precise word choice for use in their writing.  Unfortunately, many students have become accustomed to using tired, worn-out words when communicating with others, whether when texting a friend or describing an experience.  While lower level students are continuing to learn new words to increase their vocabulary, it is also a perfect time for students to understand precise word choice to supplement those words and enhance their communication and writing skills.  The lesson encourages students to use a variety of grade-level words and precise word choice to better describe an experience or an event in their life.

Precise Word Choice Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Precise Word Choice
  • Hands-on homework activities giving students practice on identifying and using Precise Word Choice
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 1-3 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

The lesson encourages students to use a variety of grade-level words and precise word choice to better describe an experience or an event in their life.  It will help your students expand their lexicon and learn the importance of using precise, descriptive vocabulary in their writing.  While lower level students are continuing to learn new words to increase their vocabulary, it is never too early for students to understand the importance of precise word choice to supplement those words and enhance their communication and writing skills.  The lesson also gives students the opportunity to work with a thesaurus.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction: 

  1. Display the word nice. Ask:  What do you think about in your mind if someone tells you it is a “nice” day?  What if they tell you it is a “nice” day in the winter?  What if they tell you it’s a “nice” day in the summer?
  2. Allow for responses and discussion. Ask:  What do you think about in your mind if someone says you are a “nice” person?  What if they say you are wearing a “nice” shirt?
  3. Allow for responses and discussion. Ask:  What are some other words you can use instead of nice?
  4. Allow for responses. Introduce Precise Word Choice.
  5. Distribute Precise Word Choice (1-3) content pages. Read and review the information with the students.  During the reading of the content, ask students to share a sentence using an old, worn out word and then changing using a new precise word.  In addition, discuss how some slang words may become old and worn out.  Save the final question for the lesson closing.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  6. monstrate the use of a thesaurus either from a paper book or via a word processing program, or Internet. Allow students to practice using a thesaurus with current reading content.
  7. Distribute Activity pages. Read and review the instructions.  Pair students.  Distribute supplies, including thesaurus.  Allow students time to choose the words, use the thesaurus, and write new sentences for each word.
  8. Students may use past tenses of words. Once completed student pairs share their sentences with the class.
  9. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.
  10. Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses.

Common Core State Standards: 

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.1.5, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.2.5, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.2

Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions

Additional Resources: 

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Additional information

Grade Level

1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade

Subject

Language Arts