Word Choice: A Definition for Primary Students
When we explore word choice in the classroom, we focus on the parts of speech that writers use to convey meaning - the nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, pronouns, contractions, gerunds, and s on. These terms may conjure up chilling moments from high school English class, but word choice is not about grammar. It's about selection words carefully to craft fluent sentences and create a lasting image in the reader's mind. We know that primary students are well on their way to making wise word choices when they:
- play with letters to make words.
- attempt to write words they have heard.
- try new ways of saying things.
- express an interest in the role of different kinds of words (nouns, verbs, adjectives, and so on).
- develop a curiosity about language.
- use the perfect word in the perfect place.
- try sensory words.
- use language with precision.
As we move on to trait 4, let's think about how we can use our read alouds to assist our primary students with word choice. Let's also reflect on the poetry we are using on a regular basis and see if we can find any connections.