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V is for VOCABULARY• Too often, we use a boring word when we could use something much more exciting.• For example, how often do you write “said” when you could write…“shouted” or “cried” or “exclaimed” or “protested” or “shrieked”• I have a list of more than 290 synonyms for “said” alone.
V is for VOCABULARY• We now agree that we are all smart enough to use more exciting and interesting vocabulary.• This vocabulary will be known as… WOW WORDS.
V is for VOCABULARY• Task 1• Quick as you can, write as many synonyms for “said” as you can. You have four minutes.• Task 2• Now do the same for “walked”. Four minutes.• Task 3.• Same again, this time for “good”. Four minutes.
I agree…• Now, on your “I agree” page, write down the following… “In future, I will not use a basic word when there is a more interesting alternative. I will use a thesaurus to find interesting words when I have to. Signed: Your name”
C is for CONNECTIVES• These are the words which join bits of sentences together.• Sometimes they are known as CONJUNCTIONS.• The most commonly used connectives are AND, BUT, SO and THEN.
I agree…• Now, on your “I agree” page, write down the following… “In future, I will not use the word “then” EVER again. Signed: Your name”
C is for CONNECTIVES• Task 4.• Write a list of as many words as possible that you can use to connect parts of sentences together. 4 minutes.
O is for OPENERS• When you start (or “open”) a sentence, how often do you use the word “The”?• Here’s how often I think you use it…• Too often.• The way you begin a sentence reveals how interesting a writer you are.
I agree…• Now, on your “I agree” page, write down the following… “In future, I will not begin a sentence with “As” EVER again. Signed: Your name”
C is for CONNECTIVES • Task 5. • Use the following openers to create your own sentences.1. Before…2. When…3. Although…4. Graceful birds…5. Tearing…6. Having decided to… I actually…7. If…8. Because… 10 minutes.
I agree…• Now, on your “I agree” page, write down the following… “In future, I will use a more interesting opening for a sentence whenever it is possible. I will avoid beginning sentences with “The” for the rest of my natural life. Signed: Your name”
P is for PUNCTUATION• You all know that every sentence must have…• A FULL STOP AND A CAPITAL LETTER!• You are far too smart for anyone to have to remind you. There’s no excuse, so just pay attention and make sure you do it.• However, there are many other kinds of punctuation which can improve your writing.
P is for PUNCTUATION• Task 6.• Write down the names of these punctuation marks, and explain what they do. You might not know all of them, but you should DEFINITELY know the first four.1. . This is a full-stop. It 5. … is used to end a 6. ‘ sentence. 7. “ ”2. ? 8. :3. , 9. ( )4. ! 10.–
I agree…• Now, on your “I agree” page, write down the following… “In future, I will make use of the correct punctuation in my sentences. I will ALWAYS use a full-stop and a capital letter. Signed: Your name”
V.C.O.P.• V.C.O.P. is the basis for all of our writing.• If you continue to keep these in the front of your mind when you are writing, the quality of your writing will dramatically improve.