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Lesson 8

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Objective

Identify the difference between helpful words and hurtful words by asking and answering questions about key details in a text.

Generate a list of helpful words to use in the classroom.

Readings and Materials

  • Book: Words Are Not for Hurting by Elizabeth Verdick 

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Target Task

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Discussion & Writing Prompt

What are helpful words? How do they make you feel?

Sample Response

Helpful words are words that make you feel good. They make it easier to do what you are doing. They make you feel happy or proud.

What are hurtful words? How do they make you feel?

Sample Response

Hurtful words are words that don’t make you feel good. They make it harder to do what you are doing. They make you feel angry, sad, or annoyed.

Key Questions

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  • What are helpful words? How do helpful words make you feel?

  • What are hurtful words? How do hurtful words make you feel?

  • Everyone makes mistakes. How can you fix the mistake of using a hurtful word?

  • What can you do if someone says hurtful words to you?

  • The author says: “Your words are important. If you think before you speak, you can use your words well.” What does the author mean?

Vocabulary

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helpful     (adj.)

making it easier to do a job or feel good

hurtful     (adj.)

causing harm, problems, or sadness

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Common Core Standards

  • L.K.4.b — Use the most frequently occurring inflections and affixes (e.g., -ed, -s, re-, un-, pre-, -ful, -less) as a clue to the meaning of an unknown word.

  • RL.K.1 — With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.

  • RL.K.3 — With prompting and support, identify characters, settings, and major events in a story.