Writer's Workshop Mini-Lesson Plan


Lesson Focus: Using specific words


GLCE: W.PR.05.04 and W.PS. 05.01

Materials needed: Transparencies of paragraphs with general nouns that could be replaced with specific nouns


Introduction:  "Today we are going to practice replacing general words with more specific words to make your writing more exciting."


Teaching:  Model using general nouns and replacing them with more specific nouns. Write these examples on the board-

I.e. candy-Hershey's bar; automobile- rickety, beat up Chevy pickup; TV show- Full House; dog- German Shepard



Active Involvement:  Students are shown paragraphs on OH and identify common nouns and replace those with more specific nouns.


Applying the Skill or Strategy:  Today when you are writing is sure to use very specific nouns instead of general nouns.