Ch 8: English Language Knowledge: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.3A

About This Chapter

Improve the quality of your students' English composition as they work through these videos about style and clarity. Use the activity ideas to introduce these videos in class.

Standard: Choose language that expresses ideas precisely and concisely, recognizing and eliminating wordiness and redundancy. (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.7.3.A)

About This Chapter

Students who master the skills taught in these videos will craft clear and concise language while writing and speaking. They will be able to identify points of confusion and excess and develop a strategy to correct the problems. The topics covered in this chapter include:

  • Avoiding redundancy in writing
  • Using precise language in writing
  • Writing clear sentences
  • Identifying and reducing wordiness.

Progress in this area will be most evident as your students' writing becomes more formal and varied. They will produce copy that is to-the-point and generally free of fluff and repetition, except where such serve a specific purpose in the writing. Students will be able to identify the differences between conversational language they use when talking with friends and the more precise language they are expected to use in professional and academic settings.

How to Use These Lessons in Your Classroom

Here are some quick activity suggestions to get started using these videos in the classroom.

Editing for clarity

After watching the videos with your students, divide them into small groups and provide each group with a list of problematic sentences. Have each group discuss how to correct the sentences and work out a clearer version which makes the same point as the author intended. Which group has the shortest sentences? Which exhibited the greatest flexibility and style?


Have students watch for poorly executed sentences in their reading and while listening to others throughout the week. Have them record the examples in their journals and provide corrections to improve the sentences.

Catch-up homework

Have students who have missed related lessons in the class due to absences complete these videos to catch up. It is also a great way to give students who are struggling a little more practice: just assign them the videos on the topics they need to review using your teacher interface.

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