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Lesson plan to improve student vocabulary skills

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Word choice is a component of writing that all writing and language arts teachers should strive to continually emphasize.  When students use simplistic and imprecise words, their writing takes on an elementary tone that may make important issues seem less important to readers.  On the other hand, use rich, precise language can create strong connections between an author’s words and the ideas that they are trying to convey.  

A comparison between writers that uses strong words and those that use weaker words can be found in salsa and rice cakes. Just as salsa is spicy and varied, one’s word choice should be too!  On the other hand, rice cakes tend to be bland and boring; this is the word choice that authors should seek to eliminate from their writing.

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