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Descriptive Writing Using the Book Rumpelstiltskin
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. Learners 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.
Descriptive Writing Lessons
Descriptive writing lessons can lead students on an exploration of how adjectives enhance any written work.
Zoom-In: Using Descriptive Writing
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.
Picture It: Teaching Descriptive Writing
There are many fun and effective ways to teach students to write descriptively.
Going Beyond Adjectives: Using Tom Sawyer for Descriptive Writing
Students 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. Students then write a friendly letter to a person of their choice, modeling the descriptive language in Tom Sawyer.
Students use descriptive sentences to explain the five senses. In this descriptive writing lesson plan, students eat a piece of candy and use descriptive words to tell about their candy. Students eat a Gingerbread cookie and write a paragraph for each sense.
Students complete acting exercises as a part of a precise language activity to help them build vocabulary and improve their descriptive writing skills. In this theatre and writing lesson, students create and act out a sentence with two new words. Students present their sentences.
The Memory Box: Descriptive Writing
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.
Improving Descriptive Writing
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.
Gummy Worm Writing
Students 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.
A Way With Words
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.
In this descriptive writing skills worksheet, students respond to 8 questions that challenge them to write detailed sentences that add atmosphere to their essays.
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.
Picture It: Robot Writing
Fifth graders explore descriptive writing. In this robot writing lesson plan, 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.
Students explore descriptive writing. In this hyperbole lesson, students examine examples of hyperbole and practice creating their own hyperboles prior to completing a classroom activity regarding the meaning of hyperboles.
Writing to describe
Students examine descriptive writing. In this writing activity, 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.
Pioneer Women of Florida's Frontier
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.
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.
J. Peterman Descriptive Writing Assignment
Twelfth graders hone descriptive writing skills by making a J. Peterman Catalogue. They bring to class a favorite piece of clothing or jewelry item and create their own description of it. They accompany each description with a hand-drawn illustration.
Descriptive Writing Assessment
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.