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  • The above-mentioned phrases can be inserted into the conversations you have with students publicly and one-on-one (i.e., during share sessions and during conferring). If you want the rationale behind using each of these phrases, then click on the link that says “Selections from Choice Words” (below) to read excerpts from Choice Words that explains the importance behind each of these phrases in-depth.

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    I’m currently working on a research project with Gay Ivey looking at the effects of middle school English teachers focusing their attention on engagement before anything else – particularly engagement through individual choice reading of edgy young adult fiction. The effects turn out to be very powerful not only on the volume of reading (an average of over 40 books per year) and state tests (at least 15% more pass the state test), but on the students’ personal, moral and social development.
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  • What is word choice? The concept is easy to define; it’s simply the usage of the best words for getting your point across. Words are powerful tools and when used correctly, they’re all you need to compel your audience to action. However, words can also be dangerous weapons—ticking time bombs in your writing that can backfire on you by leading the audience astray, leaving them perplexed or turning them off completely. It’s important to learn how to spot problematic words and replace them with clear, powerful ones so that your copywriting can be as effective as possible. Here are some of the most common mistakes people make when it comes to their choice of words in business communication.

    What is word choice? The concept is easy to define; it’s simply the usage of the best words for getting your point across. Words are powerful tools and when used correctly, they’re all you need to compel your audience to action. However, words can also be dangerous weapons—ticking time bombs in your writing that can backfire on you by leading the audience astray, leaving them perplexed or turning them off completely. It’s important to learn how to spot problematic words and replace them with clear, powerful ones so that your copywriting can be as effective as possible. Here are some of the most common mistakes people make when it comes to their choice of words in business communication.

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    These are well thought out words that are used by the sayer to his advantage though the recipient is meant to feel convinced of the surface meaning. Choice words are chosen by whoever is in a position of advantage out of sarcasm or flattery. They are not used when one has a sincere opinion to give.

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    It is so important to carefully choose words with young writers. I love the “where are you going with…” because it is not condescending to the writer, but it forces THEM to think about the direction and focus of their piece. It is so wonderful to see students take ownership of their writing!

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One danger with this kind of activity is that your child will go overboard with the thesaurus and turn her essay into something very pedantic sounding. The words need to be natural and flow nicely with the tone of the essay. Do choose words that create mental pictures, that are descriptive and powerful. But don’t make an essay that sounds stilted or awkward. (I just used the word awkward! It is on my daughter’s outlawed word list but not on mine.)