Spring away from worn-out words!
Develop an interactive word wall of synonyms
How can teachers help students move away from using the same, worn-out words in their writing? Providing opportunities to brainstorm synonyms for overused words and helping students understand that using newer, fresher words is expected can solve this common frustration. Try this fun interactive activity as a tool for students to produce more sophisticated written work, while simultaneously enhancing their vocabulary!
Observe student writing, and generate a list of common words that could be replaced with more sophisticated synonyms. Some overused words teachers see in student writing include good, said, thing, fun, small, and a lot. Encourage each student to think of one alternative for each of these words.
Next, create an interactive word wall with a Spring theme!
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