Language Arts, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing, Grammar
Grade 3- 5
The students will use action verbs to provide clarification and description in writing.
Introducing the Skill
Preparation: Reproduce the Student Resource Sheet (page 14) for students and make a copy for yourself to use as a teaching reference.
Directions: Distribute the Student Resource Sheet to students. Tell students WHAT skill they will be learning. Explain WHY writers use this skill and WHY it will make your students' writing better. Show several examples of WHEN this skill is used. Teach students HOW to use this skill.
Practicing the Skill
Preparation: Reproduce the Student Practice Sheets (pages 15 and 16) for students.
Directions: Assign the practice sheets to students according to their needs and abilities. You may wish to have students work on these sheets in one or more of the following ways: as a whole-class activity, with a partner, in small groups, or independently. As an alternative, you may prefer to use one or both sheets as homework assignments. Provide feedback to students to ensure mastery of the skill.
Applying the Skill
Preparation: Write verbs on slips of paper. You will need enough slips for each student in the class to have one. Place the slips in a container, such as a hat, bag, or small box. The following verbs work well for this activity.