Elaboration/Language Usage

Instructional Strategies

  • Have students identify purpose/audience of writing. Experiment with a shift in audience and the impact on elaboration.
  • Teach metaphors, synonyms, figures of speech, and other types of figurative language.
  • Teach students to use a thesaurus.
  • Teach students to annotate for tone.
  • Teach students using Self-Regulated Strategy Development


  • Provide the student with examples of different types of elaboration or language usage.

Additional Resources

Focus Area/Sample SMART Goal/Sample Tier 2 Intervention Plan:

Focus Area

Sample SMART Goal

Sample Tier 2 Intervention Plan

Elaboration/Language Usage

Student will improve use of elaborated details when writing a paragraph or more from an average of 1 per 5 sentences to 4 per 5 sentences as measured by a frequency count on classroom-based writing samples.

With the student, discuss ways to elaborate with details, such as using adjectives or adverbs, examples, or asides. Teach the student to use 3-4 of these types by adding elaboration to individual sentences. Once the student is able to add appropriate elaboration to a sentence, increase the expectation to a paragraph.

Elaboration Student will improve his use of word banks to improve his writing from 1/4 to 3/4 as measured by an elaboration rubric by March, 2020. Select one word bank for use at first. Ensure students understand the vocabulary involved. Model use of a word bank to improve elaboration. Gradually release the responsibility to students. Focus on teaching synonyms to students.

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