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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 61 Views 483 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 43 Views 427 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
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.
4th - 7th Language Arts 79 Views 516 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
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 6 Views 233 Downloads
Setting: Sensory Details: Twelve Dancing Princesses
Encourage your class to use sensory details in their writing with this activity! This worksheet 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 30 Views 149 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
"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
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 49 Views 317 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 12 Views 113 Downloads
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
"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 38 Views 59 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
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
Writers tap into the five senses to write excellent descriptions. Learners can fill out this organizer as they prepare to write a paragraph, or after reading one. They first consider subject, purpose, and audience, and then note down details in the space provided.
6th - 8th Language Arts 7 Views 4 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
Reading Examples: Gary Paulsen
Explore the concept of literal and figurative language in this language arts language lesson plan. After reading an excerpt from Gary Paulsen's memoir, middle schoolers then classify the information in the memoir by drawing conclusions, inferring information, and identifying literal or figurative language.
5th - 8th Language Arts 34 Views 339 Downloads
Writing a Narrative Movie Script with the Use of a Viewfinder
And...action! Turn your middle schoolers into filmmakers with this writing and visual arts activity. After reading Monster by Walter Dean Myers, they create a viewfinder using an empty toilet paper roll to make a storyboard for their narrative movie script.
5th - 9th Visual & Performing Arts 23 Views 332 Downloads
Go Free or Die: Figurative Language
Figures of speech, sensory details, and academic language are all targeted while reading Chapter Two of J. Ferris’ Go Free or Die. First, learners engage in an exercise to practice describing with detail. Then, partners use a chart to record and explain the meaning of the examples of figurative language listed.
3rd - 5th Language Arts 9 Views 332 Downloads
Go Free or Die
Groups of older elementary learners begin their study of figurative language by visiting a website and completing the exercises detailed there. They then apply what they have learned by finding examples in several poems. Finally, they work independently locating examples of figurative language in Chapter Four of J.
4th - 7th Language Arts 3 Views 148 Downloads
Like Water for Chocolate: How-to Narrative Essay
Connect Laura Esquivel's Like Water for Chocolate to student experience with this how-to narrative essay. Writers weave the instructions from their own family recipe into a narrative using sensory details. This assignment sheet includes a checklist of requirements for this 2-page paper.
10th Language Arts 8 Views 46 Downloads