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Delicious, Tasty, Yummy: Enriching Writing with Adjectives and Synonyms
|Grades||3 – 5|
|Lesson Plan Type||Standard Lesson|
|Estimated Time||Six 30- to 60-minute sessions|
Students' vocabulary is expanded and their writing is enriched when they are encouraged to use a variety of adjectives to help readers "see, taste, and feel" what they've written. In this lesson for grades 3 and 4, picture books are used as a springboard for helping students define, identify, and practice using adjectives and synonyms. They develop webbed lists and then put their new vocabulary skills to use by writing form poems.
- ReadWriteThink Webbing Tool: Use this tool to help students generate lists of adjectives and synonyms.
- Form Poem Handout: This handout walks students through the writing of their poems.
Laframboise, K.L. (2000). Said Webs: Remedy for tired words. The Reading Teacher, 53(7), 540–542.
- Vocabulary acquisition can be categorized along a continuum: unknown (complete unfamiliarity), acquainted (familiar but not used in writing or speaking), and established (ownership-can use in speaking and writing). Children move along this continuum through exposure, reflection, and practice.
- Vocabulary instruction needs to help students explore what words mean in the context of other words using synonyms, antonyms, linkages, and connotations, in addition to simply defining words.
- Vocabulary webs are preferable to lists because they help students learn words in meaningful groups or clusters.
Henkelman, T. (1997). Form poems for tired words. The Reading Teacher, 50(5), 445–446.