It was the perfect day to teach word choice and have a little seasonal fun in the process. Room 102 mourned the loss of the word "said" plus several of his buddies. Students learned word choice is the difference between writing that is alive and writing that is dead on the page.
After the burial of several lifeless words (words actually went into a coffin), students began to study revision- the third stage in the writing process. They are replacing vague, lifeless words with words that are clear and specific.
Students learned revision is much more alive and powerful. Flip through the presentation and enjoy a few samples of student revisions.