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Make your stories better by using words for effect.

Grade 3 Language - Words for Effect

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When writing essays or narratives, students need to use the best words for effect. Sometimes, students use tired words. They need to get into the habit of choosing more lively vivid words. In this quiz, the students will choose better words for effect.

1.
They never tired of looking at the VIEW.
Choose the best words to replace the capitalized words.
pretty scene
beautiful lake
mountains and flowers
glorious landscape
This phrase is more vivid and effective.
2.
The kids were ALWAYS ON THEIR CELL PHONES.
Choose the best words to replace the capitalized words.
busy people
lazy teens
fascinated with electronics
talking
The kids were fascinated with electronics. This is a more interesting sentence.
3.
The SUN SHONE ON the water.
Choose the best words to replace the capitalized words.
hot sun warmed
sun heated
dazzling sun glinted over
yellow sun was above
Use descriptive words for effect.
4.
The campfire BURNED brightly.
Choose the best word to replace the capitalized word.
blazed
smoldered
glowed
scorched
Since this is a campfire and it is burning brightly, this is the best word.
5.
The ANT WALKED ON the leaf.
Choose the best words to replace the capitalized words.
curious ant skittered across
ant ran on
bug walked over
bug ate
The curious ant skittered across the leaf. You can almost see it, can't you?
6.
The story SCARED the little children.
Choose the best word(s) to replace the capitalized word.
frightened
gave nightmares to
worried
got the attention of
The word "scared" means that it might cause little children to get nightmares.
7.
While I was being chased, I RAN away.
Choose the best word(s) to replace the capitalized word.
quickly went
quietly moved
jogged
frantically darted
If someone was being chased, then they would frantically dart.
8.
Crossing the street can be DANGEROUS.
Choose the best word(s) to replace the capitalized word.
not a good idea
deadly
unsafe
not smart
Deadly is the best word to replace dangerous in this sentence.
9.
He stood ON A ROCK and looked down.
Choose the best words to replace the capitalized words.
on a mountain
on a cliff
on the stone
on a sliver of an edge
This description is the best because it reveals what it looks like.
10.
She was INTERESTED in what was on the television.
Choose the best word(s) to replace the capitalized word.
watching
looking
captivated
staring
Since the girl is really interested in it, she would be captivated with it.
Author:  Amy Flanders

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