Vivid Verbs-Main Page
Verbs are the words in a sentence that show the movement, the actions, or the process taking place in the sentence. Most beginning writers fail to comprehend the impact verbs have on their writing. Good verb choice engages the reader and also allows the writer to experience greater pleasure during the process.
This lesson will teach students* to enhance their writing by replacing
old, over-used, plain verbs with exciting verbs that stimulate reader interest
as well as writer imagination.
Subject: Language artsStandards Addressed
California State Standards Grade Six-
1.0 Writing Strategies--Organization and focus
1.2 Create multiple paragraph expository compositions:
a) engage the interest of the reader and state a clear purpose.
b) Develop the topic with supporting details and precise verbs, nouns and adjectives to paint a visual image in the mind of the reader.
c) Conclude with a detailed summary linked to the purpose of the composition.
2.0 Writing Applications (Genres and Their Characteristics)
2.1 Write narrative:
a) Establish and develop a plot and setting and present a point of view that is appropriate to the stories.
b) Include sensory details and concrete language to develop plot and character.
Student Activities student overview
note: You may want to pretest and posttest. Print and administer
the introductory activity worksheet before allowing students to begin this
website. Also provide a story prompt to use as a prewrite sample
and grade against the rubric. After students have completed
the activities in the website, compare pre and post work. Share progress
with the students.
Activity: Students will begin
reviewing what a simple verb is and how boring they can be. This
site includes a lesson page, worksheet, and answer key.
the Right Word Activity: To
help students get the feel for the importance of good verbs, students will
plug in their own verbs to a paragraph and share it with a partner.
They may view a finished sample when they are done.
Activity: Students will create
their own story to experience the pleasure of story writing. They
will be using descriptive words and vivid verbs to bring movement and pictures
in the minds of their readers.
Spelling and Punctuation
2) Find the average score for total assignment and award grade based on the average. Example 4+3+4+2+3=16 divided by 5=3.2 which rounds down to a 3.
4= Exemplary Writer
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Maywood Middle School
1666 Marguerite Ave., Corning, CA 96021
Mrs. Peggy Jones, Education Specialist
Last Revised: 05/10/01