1. Do Now: Practice revising for precise language.
2. Review what it means to write with precise language:
- Precise means specific, detailed, exact, and expressive
- Specific = giving details
- not vague (lacking in detail, too general)
- Concise = using few words to say a lot
- not verbose (using a lot of words to say a little)
- Precise language makes our writing clearer, so we can say exactly what we want to say. Plus, it can make our writing more interesting!
4. Character Sketch Taboo: You will receive a character card. Your task is to write precisely to describe the character without saying his/her name or using any of the words/phrases listed on the card. You will try to get your teammates to guess your character just based on your description.
5. Practice with Multiple-Choice Questions: You will read a passage about the oldest lighthouse in the country, and then answer some multiple-choice questions about how to revise the writing for precise language: Socrative
6. Practice Independently and Assess Your Skills: You will now read a passage about a student's volunteer job at an animal shelter and answer similar multiple-choice questions.
- When you finish, you will score your skills assessment using GradeCam.
- You will redo any questions you missed and provide a 1-2 sentence explanation of why your second answer is the best choice for the question.
- You will grade your skills assessment a second time, and this will be your final score.
7. Revise Your Own Writing:
- Open your education essay in your Google Drive. (If you cannot find your education essay, you may use a different writing assignment in your Google Drive.)
- Revise your writing for precise language, using this procedure (same as last Thursday's lesson):
- First, identify words and phrases that are overused, boring, or lack detail or precision--parts that do no give us a clear visual image of what is happening.
- You may use your Oh No You Don't thesaurus to help you.
If you finish early: complete today's activity on TeenBiz3000.
Homework: Revising for Precise Language