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Action Verbs

Accelerated

Devised

Introduced

Restructured

Accomplished

Diagnosed

Invented

Retrieved

Achieved

Discovered

Investigated

Revamped

Acted

Directed

Judged

Reversed

Adapted

Dispatched

Launched

Reviewed

Added

Dispensed

Lectured

Revised

Addressed

Displayed

Led

Revitalized

Administered

Distinguished

Located

Reengineered

Advanced

Distributed

Made

Saved

Advised

Diversified

Maintained

Scheduled

Allocated

Doubled

Managed

Screened

Analyzed

Drafted

Marketed

Selected

Appraised

Dramatized

Measured

Served

Approved

Earned

Mediated

Serviced

Arranged

Edited

Moderated

Shaped

Assembled

Educated

Monitored

Simplified

Assigned

Effected

Motivated

Sketched

Assisted

Eliminated

Narrated

Sold

Attained

Enabled

Negotiated

Solidified

Audited

Encouraged

Operated

Solved

Authored

Engineered

Organized

Sparked

Automated

Enhanced

Originated

Spoke

Balanced

Enlisted

Overhauled

Specified

Briefed

Estimated

Oversaw

Staffed

Broadened

Established

Participated

Standardized

Budegeted

Evaluated

Performed

Started

Built

Examined

Persuaded

Stimulated

Calculated

Executed

Pinpointed

Strategized

Catalogued

Exhibited

Planned

Streamlined

Changed

Expanded

Predicted

Strengthened

Chaired

Expedited

Prepared

Stressed

Charted

Explained

Presented

Stretched

Clarified

Expressed

Prioritized

Structured

Classified

Extracted

Processed

Succeeded

Coached

Fabricated

Produced

Summarized

Collected

Facilitated

Programmed

Supervised

Compiled

Familiarized

Projected

Supported

Completed

Fashioned

Promoted

Surveyed

Composed

Focused

Proposed

Systemized

Computed

Forecasted

Proved

Tabulated

Conceived

Formulated

Provided

Taught

Conceptualized

Founded

Publicized

Tested

Conducted

Gained

Published

Traced

Conferred

Generated

Purchased

Tracked

Confronted

Guided

Raised

Trained

Consolidated

Halved

Realized

Transferred

Constructed

Handled

Recommended

Transformed

Contracted

Identified

Reconciled

Translated

Contributed

Illustrated

Recorded

Traveled

Controlled

Imagined

Recruited

Trimmed

Converted

Implemented

Redesigned

Turned

Coordinated

Improved

Reduced

Uncovered

Created

Increased

Referred

Unified

Critiqued

Influenced

Regulated

Updated

Cut

Informed

Rehabilitated

Upgraded

Decided

Initiated

Reinforced

Utilized

Decreased

Innovated

Remodeled

Validated

Delegated

Inspected

Reorganizaed

Verified

Delivered

Installed

Repaired

Visualized

Demonstrated

Instituted

Reported

Widened

Derived

Instructed

Represented

Won

Designed

Integrated

Researched

Worked

Determined

Interpreted

Resolved

Wrote

Developed

Interviewed

Restored

Web-authored

Self-Descriptive Words

Ability to...

Dependable

Interpersonal Skills

Resourceful

Accomplished in...

Detail oriented

Knowledgeable

Responsible

Accountable

Diligent

Leadership

Self-Motivated

Accurate

Diplomatic

Learn quickly

Self-Directed

Achieved

Discerning

Loyal

Self-Reliant

Adept

Disciplined

Mature

Sense of Humor

Aggressive

Easily

Meet Deadlines

Sensitive

Analytical

Effective

Mobile

Sharp

Articulate

Efficient

Motivated

Sincere

Assertive

Energetic

Objective

Skilled

Attention to detail

Enthusiastic

Organized

Special Talent

Attentive

Excellent

Original

Strong

Broad-minded

Exceptional

Outstanding

Successful

Capable

Experienced

Patient

Tactful

Challenging

Extensive

Perceptive

Take Directions

Charismatic

Extremely

Pleasant

Team Player

Committed to...

Fair

Poised

Thorough

Communication Skills

Flexible

Positive Attitude

Thrive on...

Competent

Follow through to completion

Precise

Tolerant

Competitive

Goal Achiever

Problem Solver

Trust

Conscientious

Highly Imaginative

Productive

Trustworthy

Consistent

Implementer

Professional

Under Pressure

Creative

Improvisor

Proficient

Understanding

Critical

Independted

Profitably

Unique

Curious

Industrious

Proven

Versatile

Decisive

Innovative

Quick

Warm

Dedicated to...

Instinctive

Readily

Well-read

Demonstrated

Intelligent

Reliable

Well-rounded

Use descriptive language to create wonderful "word pictures". Nouns, verbs, adjectives,
adverbs, and prepositional phrases can all be used to create more vivid word pictures. So,
let's review these parts of speech:

Adjectives descibe (modify) nouns.


There was a long line to buy lunch. (What kind of line? A long
one.)

Adverbs describe (modify) verbs. They tell how the action (verb)
is being done.
The crowd waited patiently. How did they wait? Patiently!

Prepositional phrases can tell us where.


A crashing sound was heard in the distance.

Adjective Activity

Adverb Activity

Back to Five
areas of
Writing
Page

Back to
Vocabulary

Prepositional Phrase Activity

Back to
Power
Writing
Page

Vocabulary

"Use a variety of words choices to make your writing interesting. "

Common Vocabulary Mistakes

Using the wrong word. Look up words that you


aren't sure of.

Using flat language, neglecting descriptive


words and phrases.

Using
Descriptive
Words

Perform Magic!
Make common
objects into
people! (A
lesson on
Personification)

On-line
Vocabulary
Tests Have a
dictionary
handy!!

Wacky Web
Tales - (Mad
Libs-type
game)
Download
mini-lesson on
Similes and
Metaphors

Alliteration
Download
Goldilocks to
use with
Simile Activity

Descriptive
Writing
Activities

Webster's
Word of
the Day

A link to
some great
adjectives

Describe a
Character
Activity

Word Parts Prefixes and


Suffixes

Word
Origins

Back to
Five
areas of
Writing
Page

More Suffixes
and Root
Words- An
intro to the
Executive,
Legislative,
and Judicial
Branches of
Government.

Compound
Words and
Activities

Fun with
Synonyms
and a
Thesaurus