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Student identify other word choices to use in place of "said" when writing.
- Chart paper
- Sample paragraph with "said" overused
Create a handout with alternative word choices to "said".
- Students will identify better word choices to use in place of "said" in their writing.
Focus: Write paragraph on board that contains the word “said” used over and over. Have students read the paragraph with you and discuss what words could be changed to improve the paragraph. Guide students to realize that the word “said” is repeated too many times.
Introduce: Let students know that when we overuse the same word in our paper the reader may get bored. We need to spice up our papers with a variety of word choices. Just like a good soup needs lots of different spices to take good, a good paper needs lot of different words.
Introduction: Display chart titled “Said is Dead, Use these words instead…” Explain to students that they will expand vocabulary and find alternative words (synonyms) to use in place of “said” in their writing.
Guided Practice: Ask students what other words they could use instead of said in their papers. Chart on paper. Add additional words to expand chart. As a group, go back and edit the paragraph used in the focus. Re-read with new word choices. Students should realize that vary word choices makes their writing sound more interesting. Give students a copy of the chart to keep in their writing folder.
Independent Practice: Students will apply mini-lesson “Said is Dead” and replace “said” with better choices using their “Said is Dead” handout.
Students use "said is dead" handout to edit their papers.