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Words: Sometimes Simple is Better

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  • In addition to being wordy, sometimes writers can also use words that are too big and words that the reader will not understand. Check out the video below to understand the power of simple words in your writing.

    Let's recap: our words need to be used appropriately and you need to know your audience! Chose the words that fit who you are writing for.

    As you read chapter four of To Kill a Mockingbird, note Harper Lee's word choice. She is writing for an audience during the 1960s.

    Is she using the "right" words?

    Are they too big, too small?

    How could she change some of the words to make it better understandable for teens today?