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Using Sensory Details
Sensory details show the story instead of telling it. Emerging writers discuss ways to convey sensory details. They practice adding sensory details in a graphic organizer before adding details to their own scripts.
9th - 12th Language Arts 21 Views 109 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Descriptive Prompt: Precise Language
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.
3rd - 8th Language Arts 58 Views 481 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Details, Details, Details
Have you assigned your learners a creative writing project, only to find that their incredible creativity doesn't easily translate to writing? Here's some practice to kick them into sensory overload! Using their five senses, they choose vocabulary words from a word bank to describe a variety of scenarios.
5th - 8th Language Arts 37 Views 423 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
"Snapshot" Exercises & Sensory Detail Word Bank
Read a sample of creative descriptive writing to your science class. Discuss how writing can be used to record and communicate observations that scientists make. Reading selections and thought-provoking questions are suggested. Also included are a sensory observation sheet for elementary learners and a sensory detail word bank for middle and high schoolers.
2nd - 12th Language Arts 37 Views 59 Downloads
Mrs. McWilliams and the Lightning (1880)
Dress up to catch the class's attention before reading a silly story aloud. Learners identify five sensory details within the story and interpret two metaphors. They then collaborate on sequencing events before retelling the story using storyboard illustrations.
3rd - 4th Language Arts 5 Views 232 Downloads
The Memory Box: Descriptive Writing
A great way to reinforce descriptive writing, this activity 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.
4th - 7th Language Arts 68 Views 509 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Setting: Sensory Details: Twelve Dancing Princesses
Encourage your class to use sensory details in their writing with this activity! This activity provides a short passage about dancing princesses and asks young writers to identify sensory details, develop a setting for a folktale, and write a description of the setting.
2nd - 4th Language Arts 28 Views 147 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Songwriting Skill - Elaboration: Vanessa Hudgens - “Sneakernight”
The second in a series of nine exercises designed to develop songwriting skills introduces the idea of elaboration. After a close reading and discussion of the elaborations in Vanessa Hudgens' "Sneakernight," young songwriters practice using sensory details and examples to engage listeners.
5th - 10th Language Arts 4 Views 2 Downloads
Describing Paintings: Calm or Stormy
Young writers use nouns, verbs, and adjectives to describe details in two paintings. One depicts a sunny landscape, and the other shows a cloudier view. They write a narrative inspired by the paintings, paying attention to transitional words or phrases and sensory details.
3rd - 8th Language Arts 37 Views 240 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Catching the Sun: Tales from Asia
Explore the folklore of Asia and the South Pacific with this language arts lesson series. Complementing a reading of Catching the Sun: Tales from Asia by Jan M. Mike, this resource supports learners with understanding cause and effect relationships and identifying the moral or theme in each of the book's four stories.
3rd - 6th Language Arts 34 Views 26 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Setting: Sensory Details: Up to Grandmother's Attic
Activate sensory writing with this activity. First, learners read a passage called "Up to Grandmother's Attic," which is full of sensory details. After identifying the descriptive words in the passage, novice writers think of a setting for a new story, picture it in their mind, and then fill in their ideas on the chart provided.
3rd - 5th Language Arts 11 Views 112 Downloads
"Night Heat": A Mood Piece
Class members journal about a special place, combining sensory details with personal experiences to create a mood piece. After sharing their work in small groups, learners read “Night Heat,” by Mike Lewis. The subsequent discussion focuses on details Lewis uses to create the mood of the narrative.
10th Language Arts 3 Views 4 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Observing Sensory Details
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.
4th - 8th Language Arts 7 Views 141 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Editing Marks, Part 1
Dander from the show Twisted Whiskers and characters from My Little Pony are featured in this three part lesson that explores using story pyramids to scaffold ideas, adding sensory details to enrich writing, and editing using common editing marks.
K - 2nd Language Arts 7 Views 73 Downloads
Add to the narrative writing experience. Elementary or middle school writers listen to the teacher read a descriptive passage, then reread the same passage silently. They highlight sensory details and figurative language, then orally share their highlighted sections.
5th - 8th Language Arts 14 Views 120 Downloads
Details, Details, Details
Writing can become one-dimensional if authors don't involve all their senses. First, scholars observe a strange object which, ideally, they can touch and even smell. Without using certain words (you can create a list or have the class come up with overused words), they use their senses to paint a picture of the item.
3rd - 8th Language Arts 32 Views 304 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Digital Color Poetry
Readings of Mary O’Neil’s Hailstones and Halibut Bones and Barbara Joosse’s I Love You the Purplest launch an investigation of how authors use visual images to represent sensory details associated with colors. After listing the colors in the books and noting specific examples of how the authors describe them, young poets use a template to craft a poem about their favorite color.
3rd - 5th 21st Century Skills 7 Views 125 Downloads
Elementary writers practice writing descriptive paragraphs by adding adjectives and sensory words to their writing. They use a picture of a monster for their descriptive paragraph. This 12-page instructional activity should increase your charges understanding of how to incorporate adjectives, sensory words, and descriptive phrases into a story or poem.
3rd - 5th Language Arts 79 Views 247 Downloads
Setting: Sensory Details: My Big Idea
Demonstrate how to use sensory details in writing with this resource. Leaners first read a short story called "My Big Idea." After reading, they describe how the setting looks, sounds, feels and smells. Using the description in the story as background knowledge, class members begin to plan a description of their own special setting with the provided graphic organizer.
3rd - 4th Language Arts 8 Views 101 Downloads
Come To Your Senses
Write narratives that include ideas, observations, or memories of an event or experience, and be sure to use concrete sensory details! Groups utilize a few of the famous I Spy books in order to create narratives that utilize sensory details.
3rd - 4th Language Arts 3 Views 34 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable