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Delicious, Tasty, Yummy: Enriching Writing with Adjectives and Synonyms

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Delicious, Tasty, Yummy: Enriching Writing with Adjectives and Synonyms

Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Six 30- to 60-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Sharon Faulkner

Andover, Massachusetts


International Literacy Association



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Students' vocabulary is expanded and their writing is enriched when they are encouraged to use a variety of adjectives to help readers "see, taste, and feel" what they've written. In this lesson for grades 3 and 4, picture books are used as a springboard for helping students define, identify, and practice using adjectives and synonyms. They develop webbed lists and then put their new vocabulary skills to use by writing form poems.

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Laframboise, K.L. (2000). Said Webs: Remedy for tired words. The Reading Teacher, 53(7), 540542.

  • Vocabulary acquisition can be categorized along a continuum: unknown (complete unfamiliarity), acquainted (familiar but not used in writing or speaking), and established (ownership-can use in speaking and writing). Children move along this continuum through exposure, reflection, and practice.

  • Vocabulary instruction needs to help students explore what words mean in the context of other words using synonyms, antonyms, linkages, and connotations, in addition to simply defining words.

  • Vocabulary webs are preferable to lists because they help students learn words in meaningful groups or clusters.


Henkelman, T. (1997). Form poems for tired words. The Reading Teacher, 50(5), 445446.

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