Action words- in your writing

Dena Morosin's picture
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Lesson Plan Details
45 minutes

Students will learn use individual laptops for a lesson on word choice.  Students will learn how strong verbs can be more powerful than adjectives when trying to be descriptive in their writing.


Student laptops, teacher laptop, projector, copy of John Henry picture book or another picture book.

Student access to my blog


Copy and post onto my blog a page from picture book, (John Henry) with strong use of verbs.


Students will need to access my blog

Students will click on pre-set link to take them to a word document with a page from John Henry.

Teacher will read story twice- first time tell kids to just listen, second time tell to listen with their “writers ears”  as good writers.

Students will use highlighter tool to highlight all the words they though made good images.  

We will share our words and make a wordle with strong words.  As I am making wordle students will go back and highlight nouns, verbs and adjectives with different colors.

Share with group what words are highlighted the most- then share wordle


Student lists of strong verbs and use of strong verbs in their writing.

Oregon Educational Technology Standards
Creativity and Innovation: 
1B. Create original works as a means of personal or group expression.
Communication and Collaboration: 
2A. Interact and collaborate with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media.
2B. Effectively communicate and publish to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats.
Research and Information Fluency: 
3C. Evaluate and select information sources and digital tools based on the appropriateness to specific tasks.
3D. Analyze, evaluate, and summarize information or data and report results.
Digital Citizenship: 
5A. Advocate and practice safe, legal, and responsible use of information and digital technology.
5B. Model and practice a positive attitude toward using digital technology that supports collaboration, learning, and productivity.
Technology Operations and Concepts: 
6B. Transfer current knowledge to learning of new technologies.
Career Related Learning Standards
Personal Management: 
CR1A. Identify tasks that need to be done and initiate action to complete the tasks.
CR2A. Plan, organize, and complete projects and assigned tasks on time, meeting agreed upon standards of quality.
katielawyer's picture

This lesson reminds me of a lesson I do with my students without the use of computers.  We "read like writers" to find strong word choice using books, but I would love to integrate technology to make the lesson more engaging.  What blog do you use?  I wish there was a link so I could see it and see what the students did.

Sarah Prudhomme's picture

I love wordle as a way to share as a community.  Another app that might work well with this lesson is answergarden.  It is a community way to make a wordle and might be cool with this.

dianehicks's picture

I think that using your blog for this activity is a very teacher friendly way to see all students work.  I like that.  Wordle is a nice way to visually see things. I find that seeing it is powerful tool for students.