Precise Vocabulary to Inform


Precise Vocabulary to Inform introduces students to the idea of using specific words and vocabulary to explain a topic. Students will learn to identify words and phrases that work in certain domains. They will come to understand the importance of writing or speaking clearly and precisely when they want to inform others about various topics.

There are several suggestions or alternatives listed in the “Options for Lesson” section on the classroom procedure page. You may choose to have students work alone or in groups for the activity instead of in partners as the activity directions dictate. You may also let the students choose their topic for the activity.

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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.


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.


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.


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.

Additional information


5th Grade


Language Arts

State Educational Standards


Lessons are aligned to meet the education objectives and goals of most states. For more information on your state objectives, contact your local Board of Education or Department of Education in your state.