As students become more sophisticated writers, they begin to understand that words have different “jobs” in a sentence. These jobs can be thought of as parts of speech. In this word study unit, students will learn about the work that transition words, prepositions, verbs, adverbs and adjectives do. Students will also explore how certain kinds of words work together, like verbs and adverbs.
Verbs do a lot of the heavy lifting in good writing. Understanding the different kinds of verbs and how they are used enables students to write more compellingly. Students will explore how tenses work and how they must agree with and sometimes work together with other words in the sentence. Students will also learn about adverbs, the "sister" part of speech that enhance, or modify, verbs.
Using Adjectives and Verbs to Make Writing Come to Life
Imagery is one of the most important tools in a narrative writer's arsenal. In this lesson, students will will learn to craft vivid scenes by selecting powerful verbs and adjectives, as well as to critique descriptive writing using the same criteria.
Why run when you can sprint? Why talk when you can gab? Why think when you can ponder? Help your student’s writing sparkle by introducing them to descriptive verbs. Descriptive verbs are more elaborate versions of regular verbs, and help improve a piece’s imagery and detail. Not only that, they’re sure to expand a student’s vocabulary, too. Search (or should we say peruse?) our worksheets, games, lesson plans and more.