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Writing Tip: Using a Thesaurus

A thesaurus is a book that provides synonyms, or different words with the same meaning. A thesaurus is a handy tool when you can’t think of a good word to use, or want to avoid using the same word too often. For example, if you find yourself using the word “said” after each of your characters speaks, look up the word “say” in a thesaurus to find some synonyms: speak, tell, declare, state, exclaim, express, remark, comment, mention, utter…

There are several thesauri suitable for kids 6 – 12, one of them is A First Thesaurus by Harriet Wittels and Joan Greisman.

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