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Young scholars explore descriptive language using parts of the novel Tom Sawyer. In this descriptive writing lesson, students read passages from Tom Sawyer, identifying the descriptive language. Young scholars then write a friendly letter to a person of their choice, modeling the descriptive language in Tom Sawyer.
Students complete acting exercises as a part of a precise language activity to help them build vocabulary and improve their descriptive writing skills. For this theatre and writing lesson, students create and act out a sentence with two new words. Students present their sentences.
A great way to reinforce descriptive writing, this lesson serves as an exploration of adjectives and sensory words. First, pupils describe a family tradition using as many sensory details as they can. Then, they try to draw a scene from a story using the details provided. Finally, they engage in a walking gallery in which they look at pictures on a computer screen, providing an adjective for each.
Banish clichés from descriptive writing! Class members listen to and identify the overused phrases in the presentation. An activity is proposed, and a sample poem full of clichés ends the show. Some of the sound effects are distracting, but others add to the experience. You might go through and delete the distracting sounds.
What does your fortune say? Engage class members in writing complete sentences by first handing out fortune cookies and reading the messages. Pupils will practice writing complete sentences by composing fortunes to put in die cut fortune cookies. Post them around the classroom or school so that the fortunes can be read by others!
Young scholars participate in a very creative lesson using gummy worms to engage students in identifying the five senses. They discover the steps in the descriptive writing process and how the five senses are involved. They generate pre-writing, drafting, and editing steps in order to write their descriptive essays.
Students examine descriptive writing. In this writing lesson, students listen to an audio version of the diary of Lt. Polly Hatchard and her expedition to the South Pole. Students explore the components of descriptive writing and complete their own in the form of a diary entry based on Lt. Hatchard's experience.
Middle schoolers create a journal from the viewpoint of a child during the Great Depression. They view primary source images of children during the Great Depression. The images used are both photographs and cartoons. After viewing these images, they use descriptive writing to write their journals.
Fifth graders explore descriptive writing. In this robot writing lesson, 5th graders sketch a draft of a robot based on the passages their instructor reads to them. Students then use software to draw the robots and write descriptive paragraphs that describe their robot creations.
Fourth graders read the passage, "Florida's Fabulous Frontier Females" and write two narrative essays, one expository, using examples of differences in life in Florida during frontier times and today. They then complete one descriptive writing practice activity, writing descriptive sentences about living conditions Florida during the frontier days.