5 Tips for Teaching Strong Verbs to Your Student Writers

Teaching strong verbs to student writers by Orin Zebest - Writing with Design

You know what goes absolutely perfect with the world-famous Writing with Design Mighty Power Clap? Strong verbs that drive interest, increase action, and save the day!

As an educator, you’re probably plenty familiar with strong verbs and their importance. But what about teaching strong verbs to your students? If it were as easy as saying, “use the verbs marked ‘strong,’” we’d be set to go!

Of course, it’s a bit more complicated than that. So your writing experts at Writing with Design put together a few tips that may help.

Tips for Teaching Strong Verbs

  • Ask students to focus less on adverbs, a widespread habit, and more on colorful verbs
  • Create a visual list of replacements for common weak verbs that your students can reference  
  • Choose some of your students to act out a scene. Then describe it together using strong verbs.
  • Create a lesson plan of choosing between weaker and stronger verbs for your students
  • Harness the power of the Mighty Power Clap by combining it with a strong verb call-out session
If it were as easy as saying, “use the verbs marked ‘strong,’” we’d be set to go!

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