What do these words mean? Talk with a partner! taunt attest wail Be prepared to share your predictions with the class!
Now let’s use context to help uncover the meaning! • “Your dress is the ugliest one at the dance,” taunted Allison. • “There’s the killer!” the witness attested as she pointed to the defendant. • “Give me back my toy!” the two year old wailed. How might you revise your predictions?
What do these three words have in common? They all are synonyms for “said” With your partner brainstorm other words for “said”
Argued • Added • Babbled • Claimed • Cried • Denied • Dictated • Exclaimed • Grunted • moaned • Mumbled • Proclaimed • Ranted • Replied • Roared • Scolded • Screamed • Stammered • Urged • warned How many did you come up with? Here are some more! Why do author’s use different words for said?
Independent Reading As you read, look for other ways that the author uses the word “said”. Record on a think-mark or post – it note to share with the class.