Tuesday we completed a powerpoint on Word Choice (our second trait). We then had a discussion about the importance of our words.
"Word Choice is the use of rich, colorful, precise language that communicates not just in a functional way, but in a way that moves and enlightens the reader. In descriptive writing, strong Word Choice resulting in imagery, especially sensory, show-me writing, clarifies and expands Ideas. In persuasive writing, purposeful Word Choice moves the reader to a new vision of ideas. In all modes of writing figurative language such as metaphors, similes and analogies articulate, enhance, and enrich the content. Strong Word Choice is characterized not so much by an exceptional vocabulary chosen to impress the reader, but more by the skill to use everyday words well." http://educationnorthwest.org/
Wednesday - We had our silent reading day
Thursday - We worked in groups of 3 or 4 to complete MadLibs. We realized that most students needed a refresher on nouns, verbs, adverbs, and adjectives. After our review, we filled in our sheets and presented the funny stories. This helped to 'drive home' the idea that Word Choice is very important when writing.
Friday we completed our Reading Response Journals. The two that were completed in September were due today, as I collected the work for each month at the end of the month.