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Word Choice

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Kelly Sandeen

on 24 August 2016

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Transcript of Word Choice

Word Choice


Why are words important?
Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning.
Maya Angelou
Choices
When we write, we make choices- why do we use the word exhausted instead of tired?
Look at these two sentences- which is more interesting:
Strategies for Elevating Word Choice
Think about your word choices and read your essay out loud to find words that 'sound funny' or are 'out of place'
Avoid vague words
Avoid common or simple words
Don't try to impress your reader- only use words you understand- if you look it up in the thesaurus, will you remember what it means tomorrow?

How can we use words to influence? To inform? To persuade?
How can we
ELEVATE
our word choice?
I ran 20 miles today and now I am
tired.
or
I ran 20 miles today and now I am
exhausted
.
What about:
The young girl walked
timidly
into her closet,
terrified
of the monster
who
lurked
there.
The young girl walked slowly into her closet, scared of the monster who was in there.
OR
A little practice
Read this excerpt from a student paper on people he admires- what words are used too often- what words are too vague- what words are too ordinary?
"I look up to my coach. He is important to me because he shows me how to do stuff like hit a baseball. He has important qualities that are important to me. I like when he shows me how to do new things and he never tells me I am bad at something."
Let's Discuss!!
Ticket to Leave
Elevate?
Verb-
To lift up or make higher

To inspire
When we elevate our word choice, we also ANIMATE our writing and INFUSE it with our personal writing VOICE.
Let's Practice
If we were to describe this setting using INTERESTING word choice-- what could we say-- share in the chat
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