Do you “have a plan” or have you “hatched a scheme”? Are your students writing about the “circulation” of the blood or about how the blood “circulates”?

Do they understand how to use specific adjectives? Do they know the power of connotations? Do they turn sluggish nouns into working verbs? Do they define their terms?

Enjoy these nine tutorials that teach all of these things and much more. They will instruct your students in the finer art of using the elegant English language. Now students are not just writing; they are communicating.

Appropriate for 7th-12th graders. Use the lessons now or bookmark them for future use.

It’s time to dive into the splashy end of the pool . . .

Attention to Detail: Word Choices -- In these lessons, 7th - 12th graders learn about connotations, turning sluggish nouns into vivid verbs, alliteration, defining their terms, and much more.


1. Specific word choice

Make your words glow

Students will focus on word choices in this post where they rewrite a boring paragraph and then use specific words and images to focus their readers.
It contains two writing activities and one free printable.


2. Change sluggish nouns into vivid verbs

change nouns to verbs

In this prompt, students read some indecipherable paragraphs from the Johnson Space Center Handbook and learn
the importance of changing their nouns into verbs.


3. The punch of one-syllable words


Students learn the punch and power of one-syllable words in this fun prompt.


4. The power of connotations

Connotations fb

Is it a blob of tissue or is it a baby? Did you tell a lie or simply a divergent reality?
Students learn what connotations are in this tutorial and then have a choice of four writing activities to cement the idea in their heads.


5. The attraction of alliteration


Do your students know the delight of alliteration?
Give them some practice in this writer’s device in this prompt that begins with a sad, sorrowful Sesame Street story.


6. And while we’re on the topic of alliteration . . .

writers' devices

James Whitcomb Riley’s famous poem “When the Frost Is on the Punkin” is the basis for this tutorial.
Students will learn about and practice alliteration, assonance, and consonance. It’s buy one, get two free!


7. Define your terms

define your terms

Students read examples of one term with two very different definitions. Then they practice this essential skill.


8. Be specific

be specific tree image

One very important skill writers need to develop is being specific with their words and images.
They’ll learn more about that here.


9. Adjectives

Adjectives and Your Cereal Box Middle School Writing Prompt fb

Looking for a fun way to introduce your students to adjectives or review them? You’ve come to the right place!


Looking for fun middle school prompts? Follow this link. >>

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Download a free sample of our popular middle school writing curriculum Jump In here.

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Download 2 free chapters of our unstuffy high school literature course Illuminating Literature: When Worlds Collide here.

Looking for a captivating literature course for your 7th and 8th graders? Download a free lesson from Their Blood Tingled here.

Do you have a story writer at home? Download a free sample of our elective Writing Fiction [in High School] here.

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