Copyright

Choosing Words & Phrases for Effect: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Tawnya Eash

Tawnya has a master's degree in early childhood education and teaches all subjects at an elementary school.

If you've ever read something that was dull and boring, you may have lost interest in it quickly. In this lesson, you are going to learn how to use synonyms and adjectives to make your writing more exciting. Let's take a look.

Words and Phrases for Effect

Meet Mr. Moody.

Mr. Moody lived in a dark, glum neighborhood. He always grumbled and moaned if people walked by. He would even snap at the mailman or a delivery person when they stopped at his house. Mr. Moody didn't even enjoy the holidays. The kids would always call him ''Mr. Grinch.'' People tried to be cheerful towards him, but Mr. Moody just scowled at them and kept going.

Think about the words describing Mr. Moody:

  • 'dark'
  • 'glum'
  • 'grumbled'
  • 'Mr. Grinch'
  • 'scowled'

They give you the effect, or feeling, that Mr. Moody is not a very pleasant person.

When you write or speak, you want to choose words to give the right effect. Think: do you want a positive, negative, comical, or scary effect? Once you've decided the type of effect you want, choose the right words to make your writing more descriptive.

Start with vigorous verbs.

Vigorous Verbs

Verbs are words in sentences that show action. You can make a verb more exciting when you replace it with a descriptive synonym, or word that means the same thing.

For example, if you have the verb 'talk', try replacing it with a more vigorous or enthusiastic verb like 'chatted'.

Change the following to more vigorous verbs:

  • 'run'
  • 'jump'

Marvelous work if you thought of verbs like 'sprint' and 'leap'.

Take a look at the chart of vigorous verbs to see more examples.


Chart of Vigorous Verbs
Vigorous Verbs


Other words or phrases that add effect are adjectives.

Vivid Adjectives

Adjectives are words that describe nouns. They give you more detail about something.

Vivid adjectives can make your text more exciting and clear. To make extremely descriptive sentences, replace regular adjectives with more vivid synonyms.

Take a look at the chart to see how to replace common adjectives with more vivid ones.


Chart of Vivid Adjectives
Vivid Adjectives


Think about vivid adjectives for:

  • 'friendly'
  • 'pretty'

You are an effective writer if you thought of adjectives like 'welcoming' and 'gorgeous'.

Now let's try using words with effect in writing.

Make Writing More Effective

To describe Mr. Moody in a more positive way, try replacing the verbs and adjectives. This sample shows a much kinder side of Mr. Moody:

Mr. Moody lived in a bright, friendly neighborhood. He always waved and said ''Hello'' when people strolled by. He would even greet the mailman or a delivery person when they arrived at his house. Mr. Moody felt warmhearted at the holidays, and was delighted to shower the kids with gifts. Mr. Moody always cheered people up, even when they were grouchy.

To unlock this lesson you must be a Study.com Member.
Create your account

Register to view this lesson

Are you a student or a teacher?

Unlock Your Education

See for yourself why 30 million people use Study.com

Become a Study.com member and start learning now.
Become a Member  Back
What teachers are saying about Study.com
Try it risk-free for 30 days

Earning College Credit

Did you know… We have over 200 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.

To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page

Transferring credit to the school of your choice

Not sure what college you want to attend yet? Study.com has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.

Create an account to start this course today
Try it risk-free for 30 days!
Create an account
Support