From Unit Plan: Connotation: Effective Word Choice 

Professional Resources:

Teaching word choice is essential for strong creative writing skills and thorough 6 Trait Writing instruction. The following books provide great teacher resources for bringing the power of word choice into your classroom.

6 + 1 Traits of Writing: The Complete Guide:Everything You Need to Teach and Assess Student Writing With This Powerful Model by Ruth Culham, Beverly Ann Chin
Planned instruction for teaching essential writing skills.

Classroom Tip: I use the section on Word Choice before teaching this unit.

40 Reproducible Forms for the Writing Traits Classroom: Checklists, Graphic Organizers, Rubrics and Scoring Sheets, and More to Boost Students' Writing Skills in All Seven Traits by Carol Avery
An essential companion to 6 + 1 Traits of Writing: The Complete Guide, with a wide array of reproducibles, including word choice.

Classroom Tip: Use the handy checklists and scoring guides for student self-assessment.

Descriptive Writing: Mini-Lessons — "Strategies" — Activities by Tara McCarthy
Inspiring mini-lessons to build descriptive writing techniques.

Classroom Tip: A great mini-lesson to expand vocabulary imagery skills.

Overhead Writing Lessons: Strong Sentences
Supplemental lessons for overhead instruction with reproducibles.

Classroom Tip: A strong reinforcement tool for elaboration and word choice.

Teaching Elaboration & Word Choice: Easy and Effective Mini-Lessons and Activities That Help Students Enrich and Enliven Their Writing by LeeAnn Nickelson
Mini-lessons for lively, colorful specific language.

Classroom Tip: I love the reproducibles and the nine-step plan for integrating word choice.

Using Picture Books to Teach Writing with the Traits: An Annotated Bibliography of More Than 200 Titles With Teacher-Tested Lessons by Carol Avery
A unique approach to teaching trait writing with picture books.
Five focused lessons for expanding vocabulary.

Classroom Tip: A really useful book for teachers who love picture books. The word choice section is great!

Classroom Literature:

A suggested choice for classroom reading that beautifully illustrates the power of words.

So B. It by Sarah Weeks
A touching story about a 12-year-old girl’s search to discover the meaning behind her mother’s limited vocabulary.

Classroom Tip: My middle school classes love a good story, and the mystery behind Heidi’s vocabulary kept their attention.