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Writing Workout:. Strong vs. Weak Word Choices. 1) OVERUSED WORDS. Ugly Like Run Things Neat Fast Bad Hot Got Nice. Cool Good Cold Loud Beautiful Pretty Scary Sad Slow. Very Really Said Walk Soft Big Small Smell A lot Okay. Revise the Overused Words.

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Writing Workout:

Strong vs. Weak Word Choices

1 overused words
1) OVERUSED WORDS
  • Ugly
  • Like
  • Run
  • Things
  • Neat
  • Fast
  • Bad
  • Hot
  • Got
  • Nice
  • Cool
  • Good
  • Cold
  • Loud
  • Beautiful
  • Pretty
  • Scary
  • Sad
  • Slow
  • Very
  • Really
  • Said
  • Walk
  • Soft
  • Big
  • Small
  • Smell
  • A lot
  • Okay
revise the overused words
Revise the Overused Words
  • The bright yellow sun __________ on the kids on the playground.
  • The wind ___________ through the trees and __________ the leaves.
  • The school bell __________ when I _________ in the morning.
2 dead and dying verbs to avoid
2) “Dead” and “Dying” Verbsto AVOID
  • Become/ became
  • Act/acted
  • Seem/ seemed
  • Make/made
  • Exist/existed
  • Resemble/ resembled
  • Am
  • Are
  • Be
  • Had
  • Has
  • Have
  • Is
  • Was
  • Were
  • “-ing” verbs

These verbs set you up

to TELL and SUMMARIZE

2 how to eliminate the dead and dying verbs show
2) How to Eliminate the“Dead” and “Dying” Verbs? SHOW!!!!

My cousins and I were laughing.

My cousins and I laughed.

Our laughsshook the house.

2 how to eliminate the dead and dying verbs show1
2) How to Eliminate the“Dead” and “Dying” Verbs? SHOW!!!!

The hallway was quiet.

Silenceflooded my ears.

No sounds danced through my ears.

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2) How to Eliminate the“Dead” and “Dying” Verbs? SHOW!!!!

The girl was pretty.

The girl’s hair glistened in the sun.

The girl admired her stunning looks in the mirror.

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2) How to Eliminate the“Dead” and “Dying” Verbs? SHOW!!!!

Class is boring.

Many students dozed off during class today.

The students daydreamed while the teacher taught.

3 replace adverbs with strong verbs
3) Replace ADVERBS withSTRONG VERBS
  • walked unsteadily
  • wildly beat
  • punched furiously
  • loudly yelled
  • tightly held
  • said softly
  • walked softly

= staggered

= pounded

= pummeled

writer s workshop today s goals
WRITER’S WORKSHOP:TODAY’S GOALS

STEP 1: SELF REVISION

  • Replace weak word choices with strong word choices
  • Eliminate “dead” and “dying” verbs – SHOW your moment
  • Replace adverbs with strong verbs

STEP 2: PEER REVISION

  • Writer will read piece aloud to peer.
  • Peer will close eyes and form “movie behind eyelids.”
  • When finished, peer will explain to writer where s/he “lost” the movie.
  • Writer will use sheet to ask peer questions and record answers.
  • Writer will make revisions where needed.