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New Review 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 3 Views 2 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 19 Views 46 Downloads
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 30 Views 464 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 3 Views 229 Downloads
Sixth graders write descriptive narratives about animals. In this descriptive writing lesson plan, the teacher models how to write a paragraph with interesting sensory words and exciting verbs. Students choose a picture of an animal they want to write about.
6th Language Arts 3 Views 32 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 6 Views 114 Downloads
Second graders listen to a story that contains many sensory words to describe an object. They listen a second time using a signal to indicate when they hear a sensory word. They write a short story about a monster using appropriate words, participate in peer editing activities, and then illustrate the story.
2nd Language Arts 3 Views 5 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 22 Views 143 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 8 Views 108 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 7 Views 100 Downloads
Logs, Charts, and Journals: What's On Your Plate?
Have your writers identify and use words that appeal to the senses. They create a chart of sensory words and record some of their favorites, then write a journal entry in which they describe eating at a restaurant using sensory details. A great way to build a descriptive vocabulary.
6th - 8th Language Arts 3 Views 6 Downloads
Suspense Street: Building Tension with Sensory Details : Creative Writing, Language Arts
Students discover how to create suspense by slowing down a moment and include sensory details in their writing. After a lecture/demo, students write a short story that is packed with suspense. They exchange their stories, giving each other feedback.
5th - 9th Language Arts 3 Views 3 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 5 Views 70 Downloads
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 20 Views 411 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 51 Views 494 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
New Review Songwriting Skill - Elaboration: Jesse McCartney - “How Do You Sleep?”
The practice of developing lyrics by elaborating with sensory details and examples continues in the third lesson on songwriting. This time class members examine Jesse McCartney's "How Do You Sleep?" Using procedures established in the previous lesson, groups find examples of sensory details and references to specific incidents in McCartney's lyrics.
5th - 10th Language Arts 3 Views 0 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 3 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable