Powerful Words Editing Game for Writing

Powerful Words Editing Game for Writing

Need help motivating students to use higher level vocabulary in their writing?

This editing game can be played during or after a writing assignment. As it’s being played, it challenges them to add better vocabulary by looking for more opportunities to improve their wording and gain points.

The game sheets include a verb sheet and an adjective/adverb sheet. The words found at the top of each section on the sheets are common words students use in their writing. The “powerful words”, which are next to the stars, are given as substitutions and are as close in meaning to the original word as possible.
The challenge is for the student to use the words with the most point values in their writing. The game can be played for overall winners or trying to top their last score (personal best).

Game includes:
Instructions
Adjective/Adverb Game Sheet
Verbs (present tense) Game Sheet
Verbs (past tense) Game Sheet

As you can see, I have created a sheet for past verb tenses and a sheet for present verb tenses. I found this to be easier for the students when editing their work. Before the student begins editing, determine which tense they have used in their writing. After determining the tense, simply give the student the correct tense sheet.

There will be, of course, some instances where one of the substitutions may not be able to be used correctly based on the context of the sentence. In that case, the student can choose another “powerful word” choice for their substitute word.

Because the game sheets have a basic look, they can be used easily with older and younger students in grades 3-12.

Perfect for individuals, small groups, whole classrooms, or tutoring.

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High School Vocabulary Activity- 30 Word Challenge

High School Vocabulary Activity-The 30-Word Challenge

Teaching students to write and speak with a more advanced vocabulary can prove challenging. However, this simple but effective activity can make it more meaningful and enjoyable for your students!

The 30-Day Challenge is designed to bring thirty high-level vocabulary words to your students in an accessible way. Specifically, these are high-level synonyms of words that your students commonly use in their writing and speaking. Your students’ written work will improve in skill and confidence by getting in the habit of replacing their words with higher-level ones.

Most importantly, the example sentences involve humor. Humor is an altogether excellent way to build a connection to the words and soften the “formalness” that can inhibit their use in writing or speaking.

The 30-Day Challenge introduces a new word each day on a Powerpoint slide. This activity can project onto a whiteboard or be shown on a laptop. Also, slides can be printed out for smaller groups or as visual aids in the classroom.

Tips for making this activity successful:

*Introduce only one word a day. Have a discussion about the word with the class and have them practice saying it with classmates.
*Have the students write the word, meaning, and sentence in their notes or journal.
*Encourage students to use the new words in their writing and speaking.
*Acknowledge when words are used in writing or speaking.
*As often as possible, use the words yourself to reinforce their meanings.

Suggestions on using the list of words:

*They can practice writing words in their own sentences.
*The students can find high-level antonyms of the words and begin to use those.
*Students can practice speaking the words by doing a “conversation game”. Each person has to keep the conversation going while using the words from the list.
*They can write a story or essay using as many words as they can from the list.
*Award points to students who use the words when answering a question or talking to you informally.

 
 
 
 
 
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‘Twas the Night Before Christmas Poem Activity

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas Poem Rhyming Activity

Get your students into the holiday spirit with this Christmas poem activity!

Using Clement Moore’s famous ” ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” poem, students fill in the ending blanks to each of the couplets with their own rhyming words.

This activity also comes with a list of 10 different ways you can do this activity to make it even more fun or challenging. You can even turn it into a game!

A copy of the original poem with all the words is also included.

Perfect activity to do before holiday break!

** Please note: This poem has been written exactly as it was originally. There are some “poetic liberties” that were taken with the grammar and punctuation which may need to be addressed to the students. These were not errors or typos on my part.

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This activity gives students experience with poetry, rhythm, and rhyming! These skills are important for students starting to analyze poetic works.

The activity is perfect to play around the holidays! You can introduce your students to the classic poem in a fun and educational way! Also, the activity gets students to express their creative side and create poetry!

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Escape from the Zombies! Sentence Building Game

Escape from the Zombies! Sentence Building Game-4th-8th Grade

Need a sentence building game that reinforces how to write correct sentences and helps your students’ language arts abilities?

Try this “Escape from the Zombies!” sentence building game!

In this game, the players must put together six sentences correctly. The first to finish…..”Escapes from the Zombies!”…and wins!

In order to play this game successfully, the student must have working knowledge of the following parts of speech:

Nouns (plural and singular)

Verbs (past, present, and future tenses)

Adverbs

Adjectives

Pronouns

Articles

Prepositions

Interjections

Punctuation

Conjunctions

This game can be used in any subject where writing a correct sentence is necessary. It connects to what is being taught in class because lesson topics can also be used as a theme in this game.

This game can be played with 2-6 players, either individually or in teams.

Duration of game: 30 minutes

Materials needed: 2 die, pencils

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Sentence building is a basic part of grammar. Your students can learn how to improve that skill in a fun way with this entertaining game! Students won’t need any advanced knowledge in order to enjoy the game. However, they need to know the basic parts of speech to begin. Sentence building is an important foundation for any further study in English. You can be sure that your students are set up to succeed by doing this activity!

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Student Journal Pages for Classroom

Student Journal Pages and Cover for Middle School & High School

Need a great way to get your teen students writing? Get them to write about themselves! These student journal pages can help bring out the writer in even the coolest kid in the class!

This set comes with two journal pages (in full and half page sizes) and two different variations of cover (in full and half page size).

One page has students writing about what they are thinking and the other page concentrates on their current activities and favorites.

Both the cover and the journal pages come in full and half page sizes so they can be used in a variety of ways.

Examples:

– Each size can be copied and stapled to make booklet.

– Students can be given copies of either size to cut and paste into whatever notebook/composition book you have required.

I personally like the copying and pasting because it actually gets the student invested timewise into the journal. This can mean more personal responsibility on it’s upkeep. It also allows for more creative writing/doodling in the margins. More creativity=better writing.

This journal would best be used once a week as the questions may become redundant if used daily.

**Please Note** The page that looks like several notebook pieces of paper stacked on each other is the ACTUAL journal page designed to look like that. The students write in the little spaces provided on each little “sheet of notebook paper” on that one page. Simply- The journal page looks like a stack of notebook pages. 🙂

 
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