I have a bulletin board for "Dead" Words. These are words that the students can't use when writing. They have to find a more vivid synonym for it. I am trying to think of all the dead words that I can. Any suggestions? Here are some I have already... big, little, hot, cold, tall, and short. Thanks!
does this in her room. She has tombstones in a grassy field. It takes up most of her back wall. She glued cork tiles to the wall and created a huge bb. I do the same thing, except I have "Wild Words" with monkeys. Any words will work. Look in a thesaurus to help you. Good luck.
Just an idea...
Around October I introduce mini-lessons on word choice. I made an area called Word Grave Yard with poster size tombstones. At the top I write the overused word and students make a list of synonyms to use in place of it.
Additionally, below is a great list of "dead words" with alternatives. I'm going to make these charts and have the students put them in their mini office.......could put in writers notebook if that is how you do writing instructional aids.
I cut out a tombstone, laminated it, and wrote R.I.P Dead Words and then we listed them and bid them a fond farewell. We then celebrated their passing by making a list of better words to use instead. Students no that they can not use those words in their writing.
Thanks PT teachers once again.
Love the posters Christina. I'll have to get the Chicken Little book. great references!
I usually start with "Put said to Bed" and have a bed drawn on chart paper and we fill.
Then at October we do a huge descriptive word unit with a Hallowe'en witch/creature that they have to describe with several adjectives for each part. The kids then create their creature. Once done these are put up andas each child reads their description the other students have to pick out the creature.
I think once you start to look at your kids writing you will see what words need to go on the dead words list. You could even challenge your kids if they are peer editing to find words that they think are overused.
I hadn't thought about doing this for writing. I did this with words I was tired of hearing them say to each other. " Yo Mama" for example.
I have a flashlight pattern. I write a dead word in the handle of each flashlight. The students use a thesaurus to add a synonym in the beam of the flashlight. I post them on a bulletin board so the students can cast a vivid light on their writing. I really like the tombstone, but my principal did not care for that idea!
I remember this lesson from the 8th grade, or somewhere around then. Mostly, I remember this lesson because I thought it would be funny to write a poem using ALL the Dead Words. I wish I still had it, what I remember of the poem was the last phrase, which went
"All of a sudden, pretty is dead! Now I know I've lost my head!"