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Banish Boring Words!: Dozens of Reproducible Word Lists for Helping Students Choose Just-Right Words to Strengthen Their Writing [Paperback]

by Leilen Shelton
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)

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May 1, 2009 0545083036 978-0545083034 9 - 13 years 4 - 8
This must-have collection of 40+ word lists is packed with synonym choices for the most commonly overused words, such as good and said, as well as dozens of options for strong verbs, smooth transitions, and sensory and emotion words. A quick-reference guide for teachers and students to use during writing lessons and for independent work. For use with Grades 4-8.

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Banish Boring Words!: Dozens of Reproducible Word Lists for Helping Students Choose Just-Right Words to Strengthen Their Writing + 50 Writing Lessons That Work!:  Motivating Prompts and Easy Activities That Develop the Essentials of Strong Writing (Grades 4-8)
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About the Author

Leilen Shelton is a middle school English teacher in Huntington Beach, California, who loves words almost as much as she loves teaching!

Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 13 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 8
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Teaching Resources (Teaching (May 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545083036
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545083034
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 8.1 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,810 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A useful book my kid actually is using! September 10, 2011
By iJean
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I've purchased many books to help my 10 year old son improve his writing skills, and they are all collecting dust. He's an excellent reader, but didn't enjoy writing very much. His sentences were always short, and "boring." He actually found this book interesting, and has been writing longer sentences, and is actually having fun using more descriptive words! I highly recommend this book!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Perfect October 11, 2011
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I just received and went through it; it exactly what I need to help improve my students' vocabulary!! I would recommend this book to anyone who is trying to improve their writing and develop his/ her vocabulary!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Full of great word choices October 27, 2012
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This book contains several word lists that offer great alternative words for kids to use. I teach fourth grade and my students appreciate having it so they can look up synonyms and use more interesting words in their writing. Everything in this book is fantastic, I just wish it was organized a little differently.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Yes, it's like a thesaurus but more fun for kids January 8, 2013
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A couple of the reviews say to buy a thesaurus instead and yes, a thesaurus is a more effective tool for all possible words if you are an adult, but for kids, elementary through teen, who enjoy creative writing, this is a fun, easy book. It offers words that are not necessarily offered in an online or traditional thesaurus, but offers instead "fun" words to replace "normal" words - like offering "blueberry" instead of just the word "blue." That is not necessarily a thesaurus replacement but instead a way to get the kids to write more effectively, so that the reader can visual the actual shade of color rather than just blue. I love it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE it! November 4, 2011
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I am currently teaching creative writing to three 6th graders in our home-school co-op. We have already gotten a nice big list of adjectives, and we work on our personal lists of words as we go along. The great thing about this book is the division into the categories. For example, several pages are replacements for the word "said." There are pages and pages of action verbs. Another section lists replacements for boring verbs. For example, the word "danced" has suggested replacements of "waltzed," "swayed," "boogied," "shimmied," and several more. We used this in class recently to change the setting of a couple dancing by changing ONLY the verb (i.e., no description of the setting). It was a fun exercise - the kids really enjoyed describing where the couple would be if they were "boogieing." LOL
The BEST thing about this book, hands down, is the fact that I can make copies of the lists I want the kids to have (for example, the "said" replacements) without having to buy a copy of the book for each student.
If you need to help a frustrated writer, or just want to improve your own work, get this book. It is worth every penny!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous November 4, 2012
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A must have! My 5th grader uses this in her writing all the time, while my 3 rd grader has just started using this. Very simple and easy to understand, this book can be used all the way thru college level.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Resource for Writers! July 23, 2012
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As a writing teacher this is one of the best resources to hand out to students. They really enjoy finding alternative words and they make it a challenge. This is a must-have for teachers who find students overusing words and want to liven up their students' writing! WHAT A STEAL for the price, too! The awesome organization makes this book very easy to use as well. A++
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Banish Boring Words book March 17, 2012
By bjl
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This is an excellent resource for teachers to use and provide to students. Great for expanding vocabulary when writing. Would recommend regular ed teachers, special ed teachers, and ELL educators at the elementary level through possibly high school to take advantage of this inexpensive resource.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good resource
I am homeschooling this year and have my son use this book when he is writing. Has come in handy!
Published 16 days ago by lbskis
3.0 out of 5 stars Past tense verbs
Word lists are great, but all the verbs are past tense. I teach 8th grade, and we write about literature, so we work on writing using present tense.
Published 24 days ago by L
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Super resource and easy to use. Everything is there right at your fingertips. So kid friendly and hits all of the major areas kids need to expand upon.
Published 1 month ago by Horse lover
4.0 out of 5 stars great book
I like it for myself. even use it with my students. great for homework ideas and those who homeschool. love
Published 1 month ago by LETICIA VALLEJO
3.0 out of 5 stars good word source
This book is a good source for an ambitious writer who may be at a loss for words. My purpose for this book was to help my daughter to expand her vocabulary through her writing.
Published 1 month ago by Rhonda Fisher
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Have for Every Writing Teacher
Vocabulary-deficient students will benefit from the lists contained in this book. My students are already making better word choices as a result!
Published 3 months ago by Love to Teach
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for some students
This is great for some students who are struggling to remember words they can use on essays. But in every resource you give the students, they need to have ambition to look at it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Suzue
5.0 out of 5 stars review
This book is just a list of words to use. Excellent choices of other words to use. I would have liked to see sample sentences so that students can see how the words fit in... Read more
Published 3 months ago by dianna flowers
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Book for a new writer
I bought this for my 10-year-old granddaughter who recently showed me some of her writings. They were good, but she struggled to expand her vocabulary. Read more
Published 3 months ago by LogicalThinker
5.0 out of 5 stars Banish Boring Words will inspire budding Authors
Banish Boring Words has so many good ideas for writers. My granddaughters love this book and I may buy a copy for myself.
Published 3 months ago by Millie
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