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Loaded Words: Vocabulary That Packs a Punch in Persuasive Writing

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Loaded Words: Vocabulary That Packs a Punch in Persuasive Writing

Grades 4 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Minilesson
Estimated Time 2030 minutes
Lesson Author

International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology






  • Computers with Internet access

  • Interactive whiteboard or chart paper

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  1. Familiarize yourself with the concept of loaded words, and try any activities in which you plan to have the students participate.

  2. Bookmark the website of the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History or gather a collection of brochures and advertisements for local attractions.

  3. Prepare copies of the Loaded Words Chart or display the list for students to complete in pairs, and complete the task yourself before having the students do it.

  4. Choose the student writing sample(s) you will use for guided practice, and bookmark the sites or create printouts for students.

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