Make your writing interesting and lively by using a wide range of vocabulary. Use specific words to convey your meaning.
Why is it important to expand your vocabulary?
So you can show your teacher and examiner that you know lots of words
So you can use language more precisely
So you can practice spelling different words
How can you expand your vocabulary?
Keep a word journal where you list new words as you encounter them
Avoid using new words where possible
Only use words from texts you have recently read
Why should you aim to use precise verbs in your creative writing?
To show you have a wide vocabulary range
To reveal the behaviour or actions of a character
To move the plot forward
If you were describing a spooky forest, which words would be most effective?
Skipping, walking, smirking
Happily, exploring, upbeat
Whispering, darkness, cautiously
If you were describing a lively birthday party, which words would be most effective?
Delicate, sweet, gentle
Chatter, bubbly, excitement
Creeping, glaring, silent
If you were describing the misery of a stormy day, which words would be most effective?
Warm, calming, soothing
Idyllic, rainy, chirpy
Sorrowful, chilling, morose
What are the key things to remember when making vocabulary choices?
Use words that you are comfortable and familiar with
Always use a dictionary
Make notes, use a thesaurus and be ambitious
Which of the following words are alternatives for ‘walk’?
Strut, swagger, shuffle
Whisper, shout, cry
Muse, ponder, decide
Which reliable sources can you use to expand your vocabulary?
Social media, such as Snapchat and Twitter
Reading a wide range of texts, including broadsheet newspapers and more challenging novels
Talking to your friends
What is the importance of proofreading?
It isn’t important and you should avoid it
Proofreading gives you the opportunity to see how well you’ve done
Proofreading involves checking your vocabulary choices