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Fourth graders practice descriptive writing. In this writing lesson, 4th graders analyze segments of photographs, making predictions with each segment. Students then use their new understanding of descriptive language to write a paper that describes an image.
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. 
Use the fairy tale Rumpelstiltskin to teach your third grade class about descriptive writing. Following a teacher read-aloud of the story, the class brainstorms a list of adjectives describing the main character. Students use this list as they work independently writing four descriptive sentences, each including a different adjective and supporting detail from the text. Sentence frames are included to assist young writers that need help getting started. For additional support, model how to write a descriptive sentence for the class, providing an example of the writing that is expected of them. As an extension, consider performing this lesson plan with another fairy tale and having the class compare different characters within the genre.
In this descriptive writing skills learning exercise, students respond to 8 questions that challenge them to write detailed sentences that add atmosphere to their essays.
Young scholars write in a variety of ways. In this writing activity, students use a variety of methods to practice descriptive writing. Young scholars recall memories, narrate, and reflect on lyrics of songs.
Students participate in a very creative instructional activity 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.
Descriptive writing lessons can lead students on an exploration of how adjectives enhance any written work.
Students explore descriptive writing and its effect on the reading experience. They consider an author's sensory experiences with frog sounds in springtime by reading and discussing the article "The Sweet Song of Spring: 'Ribbit;'" then Create a poster highlighting the meaning of a particular literary device learned about in class.
Fifth graders write a detailed description of a monster or alien they have created. They e-mail the description to another student, and the e-mail buddy draws the monster based on the descriptive writing.
Students discuss the importance of using adjectives in writing. They separate into five groups, each group is given a bag with an object inside to describe using just one sense. They write a description of a Hershey's Kiss using adjectives.
Student create descriptive writing pieces through the use of a picture book.  In this descriptive writing lesson, students investigate images to emphasize the details in their writing.
First graders explore language arts by undergoing a writing assignment. In this descriptive writing lesson, 1st graders identify the skills necessary to write in depth about a subject which they must do based upon a specific topic. Students complete their writing assignment based upon a scoring rubric.
Students observe all of their senses and practice descriptive writing while eating Lifesavers. They write silently about what they are tasting, smelling, and hearing until the candy is dissolved.
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.
Art inspires art, right? Facilitate creative writing effortlessly! Images of Winslow Homer's paintings provide visual stimuli for compositions. Examples of descriptive writing follow each painting, and a scaffold is displayed to help with outlining.
Students explore the five senses and how to incorporate them into their writing to make it come to life. In this descriptive writing lesson, students must describe objects by touching them without seeing, and describe different smells.  The culminating activity is to write a one page paper about galaxies using their five senses.
In this descriptive writing instructional activity, students create imaginary Facebook / My Space profiles by selecting images and writing about the characters.
After reading a selection from Victor Martinez's Parrot in the Oven, pupils use the graphic organizer to decipher the sensory details within the descriptive paragraph. They list various details under the appropriate sense ("see," "hear," and "touch"). This activity would be a good addition to a novel unit about Parrot in the Oven, or you could use it independently to introduce a descriptive writing lesson.
Students practice descriptive writing. In this unique writing lesson, students hear a story about a mitten. Then three grade levels come together to first, create a mitten on KidPix; second, describe the designed mitten; and third, try to recreate the original mitten.
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.

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