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Powerful Words; What are they and what does it mean to you?

We have continued to explore the power of words and how we use them. Students shared examples of powerful words and then decided how they wanted to group them. After a discussion, they decided on the words they wanted to post on the chart paper. They organized the information, creating different categories.

The students provided examples of when these words are used and how it made them feel. Some debates arose on where the words belonged. We could see that in some instances, situations mattered.

They decided on the sections:

  • Bad/ugly words
  • Happy/calm/nice words
  • Rainbow words: mixed feelings
  • Sad words

Next, Mr. Mike played a game with us. It involved making decisions and choices.

The students had to work in teams to practice using language that invited and shared opinions and suggestions. Then, the students went back into their research groups to talk about their powerful images. They had to decide and share the powerful words connected to their images.

 

We continue to explore how WE respond to words and images and the power of words and how we use them.

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