Lesson Plans and Worksheets
Browse by Subject
Descriptive Writing Teacher Resources
Find teacher approved Descriptive Writing educational resource ideas and activities
Discuss how to use sensory details in creative and descriptive writing. Scholars observe and experience a sensory rich item such as a bar of soap or peanut butter, and then use descriptive language to describe it. Consider having your learners choose a sensory rich object of their own and write a description for it. Can anyone guess the object?
Incorporate sensory details into a piece of descriptive writing. First, elementary and middle schoolers improve a piece of writing by using precise, vivid language, as well as appropriate word choice. They then listen to a variety of read aloud books which focus on the senses. Can they identify which senses are used and when?
If you are interested in having a basic framework for teaching expository, narrative, persuasive, and descriptive writing, this resource may help; however, you will have to find information on the different forms of writing to share with your class. Additionally, there are no specific requirements for the different writing assignments, nor specific rubrics. This is a four-week plan that could easily be divided into four, one-week lessons.
Young readers write a descriptive paper on the fantasy characters in The Hobbit. They take notes as they read the novel in order to provide descriptions of the character traits of hobbits, dwarfs, trolls, wizards, and goblins. They pay specific attention to the habitats (setting) each character dwells in.
Read and identify three types of figurative language. High schoolers read and analyze "My Father's Body" by Christopher Buckley and "Song of Myself" by Walt Whitman. They identify the elements of figurative and descriptive language and write an original poem or short biography.
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.
Students explore the five senses and how to incorporate them into their writing to make it come to life. In this descriptive writing instructional activity, 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.