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Sports scores and cookies teach word choice in these creative writing ideas

Subject:

Language Arts  

Grades:

8, 9, 10, 11, 12  

Title – Sports Score Descriptors
By – Jennifer Blake
Primary Subject – Language Arts
Grade Level – 8-12

I use this lesson when teaching word choice in my creative writing unit.

The students pair up and choose their favorite sport. They then look up the last week’s scores for the teams. (You could give them all the same scores to see how many different descriptions they come up with.) In the pairs they need to give a sports report giving as many different and unique descriptions of the games as possible. (Example: Cincinnati pummeled Buffalo into itsy bitsy buffalo burgers, while Pittsburgh ground Tampa Bay into the dust left by the latest hurricane.) It shows them that there are many more ways to say one thing.

I use the same tactic with the word EAT. I write that word on the board and then write their names underneath. They each have to give me a different way to say “eat.” When everyone has given me a new word, I produce a bag of cookies and we take turns “eating” the cookies in the manner that’s written on the board.

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