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Good writers (and readers) are aware of diction: the types of words a writer uses to give "flavor" to his or her writing. This handout gives examples of different kinds of diction (formal, slang, tehnical) and offers sentences in a specific diction and their standard "translations."


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Education Levels:

  • Grade 9
  • Grade 10
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12


diction, writing, style, tone



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This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2008-12-29.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 3
Appropriate Pedagogy: 0

Reviewer Comments:

This resource contains sentences with different kinds of diction – the writer’s distinctive vocabulary choices. Examples of formal, slang, and technical writing are provided. The resource offers sentences and “translations” with formal or elevated diction; conversational or standard diction; technical or legalese diction; and slang and poetic diction. The handout serves as a guide to types of diction for high school students.
Fajer English 10
March 20, 2010
I think this is an excellent resource to teach students the difference between the varied types of diction because it includes many examples that make it simple for the students…

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