The purpose of this Words Toolkit is to help you expand your vocabulary and improve your expression. Convey ideas clearly and fully, and use logic, creativity and imagination in a powerful way with well-chosen words. You may write in detail or in a concise fashion. Who is your audience? Choose words that be understood by your intended readers.
Overview: Students (and teachers) will begin by sharing things they collect. The class will then brainstorm as many different things people collect that they can think of. The brainstorm will continue as students brainstorm all of the different ways people can display their collections. After sharing from The Boy Who Loved Words, the teacher will challenge the class with this metaphor/simile: "Suppose people could collect words in the same way that they collect butterflies. Suppose they displayed the collected words in the same way that collected butterflies are displayed. What would that display case look like?" After drawing a "cover page" to introduce a special vocabulary section of their writer's (or interactive) notebooks, students will learn a format for collecting favorite words they come across during the upcoming school year.
We would like to help you understand what our spelling/word study program will look like in third grade. Each week your child will be given ten spelling words to study at home based on the spelling pattern we are studying in class. Just like the second grade program, the final test will also include some words that your child will not be able to study that follow the same spelling pattern.
You're a fishmonger!" By taking a closer look at Shakespeare's words--specifically his insults--we see why he is known as a master playwright whose works transcend time and appeal to audiences all over the world.
Lesson by April Gudenrath, narration by Juliet Blake, animation by TED-Ed.
A Bibliography for Teachers Interested in the Going Deep Guide: In 2006, the Northern Nevada Writing Project (sponsor of this free-to-use website) published a 196-page resource for teachers: The Going Deep with 6 Trait Language Guide.
The guide features trait-specific lessons and resources designed to help all students use 6 trait language better as they explore the act of writing. Many of the guide's lessons and resources cite awesome picture and chapter books as examples of powerfully crafted text to show and discuss with students. Many Northern Nevada school libraries made sure they had all cited books from the guide available to their teachers.
Word clouds tools have a great importance in education. Many teachers use them to perform several learning activities for their students. Generally speaking, a word cloud is a graphical representation of word frequency. It basically features the prominent words that are so often cited in a piece of text. I have already reviewed some popular word cloud generators here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning but have not really gone into details as to how teachers can use them in education. This post, however, compensates for that shortage of information and provides you with a set of tips together with a list of free tools to help you discover and learn more about the educational uses of word clouds generators.
The Oxford English Dictionary wants YOU! They’ve just launched OED Appeals, a dedicated community space where OED editors solicit help in unearthing new information about the history and usage of English. The website will enable the public to post evidence in direct response to editors, fostering a collective effort to record the English language and find the true roots of our vocabulary.
How do metaphors help us better understand the world? And, what makes a good metaphor? Explore these questions with writers like Langston Hughes and Carl Sandburg, who have mastered the art of bringing a scene or emotion to life.
Word Choice is the use of rich, colorful, precise language that communicates not just in a functional way, but in a way that moves and enlightens the reader. In descriptive writing, strong word choice resulting in imagery, especially sensory, show-me writing, clarifies and expands ideas.
Welcome to a series of posts devoted to the use of Word Clouds. I know you will find new information… whether you are a seasoned user of word clouds, or brand new. I enjoy working with teachers and helping them use word clouds in their lessons because they are a great way to get any teacher started with integrating technology.
Some words in the English language tend to be overused and therefore lose their power. These are called Dead Words. Below is a list of dead words and more interesting alternatives that should be used in their place when you are writing.
Fun-with-words.com is dedicated to amusing quirks, peculiarities, and oddities of the English language: wordplay. Playing with words and language is both entertaining and educational. Here you can have plenty of fun with words with over 500 pages of word puzzles, games, amazing lists, and fun facts.
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