About This Chapter
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.
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.
1. How to Avoid Redundancy in Your Writing
Does your writing redundantly say the same thing twice? Is it full of unnecessary and inessential repetition of things you've already said before? Learn how to fix it here!
2. The Importance of Using Precise Language in Writing
The simple tips in this lesson will help your writing come to life. Learn how to choose particular nouns and verbs that are active or that show precise states of being, perfect modifiers, and, as an added bonus, a very powerful writing tool: similes.
3. Sentence Clarity: How to Write Clear Sentences
Just because you know a good sentence when you read one doesn't mean that you think it's easy to put one together - forget about writing an essay's worth. Learn how to write clear sentences and turn rough ones into gems.
4. How to Identify & Reduce Wordiness in Writing
The overuse of words is a very problematic issue in any form of writing. But how do you actually cut down on wordiness? This lesson gives tips on how to identify and reduce wordiness.
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Other chapters within the Common Core ELA Grade 7 - Language: Standards course
- English Language Conventions: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.1
- Phrases and Clauses: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.1A
- Types of Sentences: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.1B
- Modifiers: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.1C
- English Grammar Conventions: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.2
- Comma Rules: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.2A
- Spelling: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.2B
- Determining Meaning with Context: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.4A-D
- Figurative Language: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.5A-C
- English Vocabulary: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.6