The word "specific" has just kept popping up on all the test prep materials we are working on, but my students weren't grasping the concept of "specific." How can they choose the most specific word if they don't know what that means?
So I showed them lots of books and asked them to guess which book I was wanting to read. I gave them vague clues, finally narrowing them down to clear, concise descriptions of the book I was wanting. That's when the light bulbs came on for most of them. We talked about authors using the most specific words to help the reader create a picture in his mind.
This game gives students extra practice in choosing the most specific word for a sentence.
Click on the pic to download the doc.....and please leave a specific comment on what you do to help your students with this skill!