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    By Jennifer

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    I went to a workshop that suggested using million dollar words to enhance student writing. I thought of making that my word wall. Basically, you take a word like "said" and brainstorm all the more descriptive words that could be used instead like yelled, whispered, stated, etc. This way the word wall is used for instruction while reminding students to use exciting words. It is also great for teaching the thesaurus. Students can add to word lists as they encounter words in stories, vocabulary, or just around.

    I also decorate the wall with dollar signs and gold foil letters.

    Another idea I had when thinking of my own word wall is to make the words of red tagboard and arrange them like bricks to make "wall" of words. I didn't use it but thought it was cute.

    Hope this helps,

    Jennifer



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