Trait: Word Choice
Introduction Lesson Plan- 3rd Grade
(adapted from 6 + 1 Traits of Writing)
What to do:
1. Introduction: Introduce the trait of Word Choice and
discuss this activity to help clarify what this trait
means. Use page 142 in 6 + 1 Traits of Writing, as
well as other resources you have. Here is a quick
summary of word choice:
Rich, colorful, precise language that
communicates not just in a functional way, but
also in a way that moves and enlightens the
Strong word choice clarifies and expands ideas
Creates images in the mind
2. Brainstorming: Look through catalogs, menus, travel
brochures, etc. for examples for good word choice.
Brainstorm a list of ideas.
3. Reading/Modeling: Read aloud a poem to model from The
Important Book. Discuss the word choice in the sample.
4. Student Work: Have your students write their own poem
modeled after the poem(s) in the book. For this
activity, the students will be writing a trouble poem.
Suggest editing the poems specifically for word