Literacy Focus. Using interesting words. When writing, it is important to engage your audience. One very important way to do this is through word choice. Read this passage: The big scary spider ran quickly across the classroom floor; t he students screamed and jumped on their chairs.
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Using interesting words
When writing, it is important to engage your audience. One very important way to do this is through word choice.
The big scary spider ran quickly across the classroom floor; the students screamed and jumped on their chairs.
The words in red are REALLY BORING! So…
…it’s important to look for SYNONYMS.
The gigantic petrifying spider ran hurriedlyacross the classroom floor; the students screechedand flew onto their chairs.
By replacing the boring words with more interesting synonyms, your writing will be much more engaging for the reader!
The way the scene has been described tells us more about the characters – one is urgent and rushing, the other slow and a bit boring – we also know more about the setting.
Have a go at replacing or adding words to make this passage more exciting.