|Subjects: Arts & Humanities: Language Arts, Literature|
|Grades: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Advanced|
Students participate in a funeral for the words they overuse in their writing!
word wall, writing, vocabulary, meaning, dictionary, thesaurus
Extension activity 1: Select a paragraph from a book that students are reading. Challenge students to replace as many of the words in that paragraph as possible with words from the Dead Word Wall. The resulting paragraphs will provide a spoof of the actual writing some students pass in and help drive home the point that such words can make writing seem uninteresting, even ridiculous!
Extension activity 2: Invite students to work in groups to create a list of alternate words that might be used in place of each word on the Dead Word Wall. Keep a file of index cards (one card for each dead word) as a thesaurus-like resource for students.
Students will reduce their use of words from the Dead Word Wall in their writing.
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