One of the articles that caught my eye in our assigned reading this week this one discussing the importance of word choice. While my students may not spend a great deal of time covering topics like the ones referenced in the Al Jazeera memo, there is still an important lesson they can learn – WORD CHOICE IS CRUCIAL.
Too often I find my students relying on the trusty ole’ thesaurus and stringing together complex sentences full of flowery language that would make their AP English teacher proud. Their journalism adviser not so much.
I try to teach my students the importance of using concise, precise language. While fisticuffs is a fun word to use simply saying punching or hitting may be more appropriate and reader friendly.