T: (Holding up the word "elegant" that has been written in bold, dark print on a sentence strip)
Students the word is elegant.
What is the word?
T: say the word.
T: Elegant means beautiful. (Hold up picture of swans from Mem Fox's Feathers and Fools.)
T: What does elegant mean?
T: What is another word for beautiful, everybody?<- flipping it
T: In the book, it says, "Nearby, in the rushes and reeds of a clear blue lake dwelt/lived a flock of elegant swans." (Holding up picture again) Elegant or beautiful swans
T: I can think of something else that is elegant. My sister wore an elegant gown when she went to the military ball with her husband. Her gown was elegant or beautiful.
T: Think of something elegant that you have seen. I'm going to give you think time...
T: Now, be ready to complete this sentence: "I saw an elegant ____ when..." I could say "I saw an elegant gown when my sister went to the military ball."
T: Turn and share your sentence with your partner. (Listen in for misuse or misconceptions.)
S: turning and talking
T: (Hold up "elegant" sentence strip) Class elegant means beautiful. What does elegant mean? What does beautiful mean?
T: I'm going to post this word card on the board. If you see the word "elegant" during reading this week, please place a tally mark on our card. If you hear it being used in conversation, make a mental note of it and brag on your classmates during brag time. I want you to use "elegant" when you speak and when you write.
After the week, place the card on "Our Special Words" or whatever you may title it, Word Wall. Students should review and use these words all year.
Continue to revisit the card during the subsequent weeks and months.