What's in a Word?

Contributor: Rebecca Hann. Lesson ID: 10798

Words mean things. That seems obvious, but the right choice of words when writing isn't always so clear. Watch videos, read classic excerpts, and develop a more prodigious vocabulary!



English / Language Arts
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Lion, Otter
Grade Level
Middle School (6-8)
Lesson Type
Skill Sharpener

Lesson Plan - Get It!

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  • capricious
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There are so many interesting-sounding words, and they can help make your writing more engaging for readers. You don't want your writing to be blah, so learn how to choose expressive, impressive words!

Authors do different things to make their writing more interesting to readers.

The way a writer writes is known as author's craft. Many techniques are part of this; some are structural, and some are stylistic.

One technique writers use is word choice. Word choice is when a writer carefully selects vocabulary to create a specific effect. This may be to set the tone or mood or to influence the reader's opinion of a character.

Watch the following three videos for a review of author's craft and more information about word choice.

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