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This unit offers a strategy which will: 1) help students reverse their direction and become receptive to increasing their formal vocabulary; and 2) build accumulative skills in language use out of the beginning stage of word acquisition.
Thus as students progress through stages of development, each stage will build on, contain and advance beyond the previous stage.
The stages of development in the unit are predicated on the idea that language growth and development is cumulative in effect.
Stages of development involve clustering, creating a street term dictionary, learning proverbs, idioms, and popular quotations and, in the last stage, exploring the use of imagery.
(Recommended for English classes, grades 4-12)
Basic Skills Writing Instruction