October 21, 2016
Our daughter’s upcoming wedding is less than a month away! I have so many emotions.
It looks like I’m going to have to blog about it. <sigh>
Pictured: This past weekend, BusyGirl and I hosted a “Tea for the Bride-to-Be” bridal shower for my bride-to-be”daughter. It was simply lovely!
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Teach Your Child to Use a Thesaurus
In the art of writing, word choice is king! Rich vocabulary paints a picture that helps keep the reader engaged in the author’s written text. Dead words or over-used words such as very, good, or walk offers little to the reader compared to uncommonly, marvelous, or parade.
Young writers need to learn two important skills:
1. Recognize dead words in their writing
2. Learn how to change dead words by using a thesaurus.
Helping Your Child Recognize Dead Words in His Writing
Your primary goal is that your student will develop a habit of evaluating their own writing. In the First Input Step, ask your student to find dead word/s that need to be changed to more descriptive words.
Helpful Hint: If the student is in first grade, ask your student to find one dead word. If your student is in second grade, ask if he can find two dead words, etc.
Helpful Hint: If your child can’t find his dead words, locate the dead words for your child. Ask him, can you find the dead word in the paragraph? Before long, he will be doing it on his own.
Helping Your Child Look up Words in a Thesaurus
A thesaurus is one of the best tools a writer has! It offers a plethora of word choices. When I look up the word walk, I find stroll, saunter, amble, plod, dawdle, trudge, just to name a few. Each word gives a clearer picture than the word walk.
Helpful Hint: Act our each word. For example, what’s the difference between saunter and trudge?
Helpful Hint: Ask your child to verbalize what he saw in his mind while he was writing and find the perfect word to match.
Helpful Hint: Make a big deal about connecting his idea with his word choice.
Helpful Hint: Avoid “cheat sheets” or “word lists”. Both are an abbreviated form of a thesaurus. It is far better to teach the skill of using a thesaurus.
Helpful Hint: Different dictionaries offer varying definitions that can offer the reader greater understanding. The same with different thesauruses. Use a different thesaurus each year.
Bonus: Every word your child learns is a tool, ready to be used in speaking and writing. Each time your child absorbs a new word, he gains a new tool and understands the ones he already knows. BTW-You will also see his reading comprehension soar!
Learning to identify dead words and to look up words in a thesaurus are skills that will serve your student for years to come!
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