Tip: Switch Word
How do I do it?
Choose one descriptive sentence from a text that your small group or whole class of students is reading. Discuss what the sentence means, soliciting student ideas and recording them on a chart. Next, cover up one of the descriptive words with sticky notes and ask students to choose a new word to replace it. Discuss how the meaning has changed. Chart responses. Repeat with a new word. Use word walls and word webs for reference.
Common Core ELA Reading Standard 4
Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
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