What our Precise Vocabulary to Inform lesson plan includes
Lesson Objectives and Overview: Precise Vocabulary to Inform teaches students to recognize the right words to use to explain a topic. Students will learn to identify the vocabulary that matches the domain they are discussing. They will discover how to use precise language to inform others about that specific topic. By the end, they will understand why it is important to write or talk precisely and clearly.
In this lesson, there are three pages of content total. The lesson begins by explaining what precise language is. It uses the example of following a recipe. Recipes are typically clear and concise to ensure people can follow the instructions easily. Instead of calling for “some” sugar, it lists a specific quantity. Students will discover how important it is to be precise with their language when writing essays, reports, and so on.
Students will then learn about what it means to use the “right” words. Certain topics or domains require specific wording. After reading two example passages, one that is vague and one that is precise, students will analyze which is better. They will see how certain words create a different perspective. Precise language specifically paints a clearer picture in a reader’s mind.
COMPARING PERSPECTIVES ACTIVITY
Students will work with a partner during the activity. There are two prompts for them to follow. They will write a paragraph about flying a kit and a paragraph about how to fly a kite. The idea is to help students see how their perspective can change based on how specific a topic is. After they write the paragraphs, they will answer a question about what differs between the two.
WHAT’S THE DOMAIN PRACTICE WORKSHEET
The practice worksheet has two sections. First, students will match the words in a word bank to their definitions. There are 10 total statements. Then they will rewrite a passage using more precise language than what the passage includes already.
PRECISE VOCABULARY TO INFORM HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT
For the homework assignment, students will pick a topic that interests them. They will write an introduction hook and another couple paragraphs that develop the topic. The topic must be nonfiction and informative. They will then circle any domain-specific words or phrases that may not be used in the same way for other topics.