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Encourage descriptive writing with alternatives for "said"

Different ways of saying 'said'. We should definitely incorporate these into our writing more often!

The word ‘said’ is dead… I want my art kiddies to draw me a burial scene beneath my Promethean.

One of the most boring and banned words in classrooms is ‘went.’ There are SO many synonyms that you’re simply trying at all if you stick with the word ‘went.’ Lucky for you, there’s hundreds (literally) of other ways to express yourself using the English language.

This is a great poster to encourage better descriptive words in the classroom. by darla

162 ways to say "went"...not sure if I already posted this or not, but it's very helpful

How to Write a Scene in 11 Steps (Or 311 steps if you're counting the various edits)

This teacher did a great job using non-linguistic representations along with words on this anchor chart. Kids will definitely refer to this tool!

A freebie that can be used as a reference in a reading and writing notebook ( which this blog also talks about in detail)

A list of other words to make your writing sparkle and add character, even flair. Perfect for back to school and keep in your study space!

Here are the five sentences I wrote for my kids.  Then we used a thesaurus and their genius little minds to come up with several alternatives that really packed a punch!

Have students write words other than "said" on mouths to keep up in the room to help students be creative/more expressive while they write.