Middle schoolers brainstorm descriptive language to replace common verbs and adjectives. They work in groups to complete online games, reference thesaurus dictionaries and edit pieces of writing.
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A Wizard of Earthsea: Figurative Language
Examine figurative language through the words of Ursula K. Le Guin in her novel A Wizard of Earthsea. The fifth instructional activity in a series of ten, the steps listed here ask pupils to go back into the text and find a striking...
7th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Descriptive Language and Theme
Get ready to explore themes with a session rich in modeling that includes both worksheets and an assessment recording sheet. The class completes a pre-assessment to determine their understanding of theme and how to identify it. They read...
3rd - 6th English Language Arts
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...
6th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Songwriting Skill - Using Figurative Language: Miley Cyrus - “Driveway”
Miley Cyrus' "Driveway" provides young lyricists with an opportunity to identify figurative language in songs. After a guided practice exercise, individuals use the provided worksheets to find examples in the song and to add images to...
5th - 10th English Language Arts 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...
4th - 7th English Language Arts 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...
3rd - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Further Improvements of Writing Skills
Improve writing skills by finding a personal writing style, using descriptive language effectively, and using precise language. Middle schoolers discuss individual style in writing and formal and informal language. They utilize figures...
7th - 9th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Engage a Reader by Using Descriptive Words
The fourth video in a series built around writing a poem in response to "The Wind's Visit" by Emily Dickinson, this resource focuses on analyzing the descriptive language in the original poem and coming up with original descriptions for...
9 mins 5th - 7th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Identifying Descriptive Writing Techniques
How do authors make stories so great? With figures of speech and descriptive language, of course. Young readers identify the techniques that specific authors use to enhance their written descriptions. The site Writesville is used to...
6th - 12th English Language Arts