Using Sensory Details
Ninth graders practice observing and recording the sensory details of various objects focusing on taste, smell, touch, sight and sound in turn. They write a descriptive detailed paragraph without mentioning the object in question.
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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...
5th - 9th Visual & Performing Arts
Like Water for Chocolate: Family Tradition
Engage young writers in family tradition with this writing assignment for Like Water for Chocolate, by Laura Esquivel. Using sensory details, learners write a narrative about a family tradition involving food. Scholars also talk with...
9th - 12th English Language Arts
"The Charge of the Light Brigade": Writing Prompt and Pre-writing
Inspire your learners to experience poetry in an entirely different way with this resource. A writing prompt that goes along with "The Charge of the Light Brigade" by Alfred Lord Tennyson, learners craft a reflective piece in the voice...
6th - 9th English Language Arts
My Ántonia: Figurative Language
The rich, vivid imagery in Willa Cather's novel, My Ántonia, is both engrossing to read and important to understand in the context of the plot. Young learners work in groups to identify key images, similes, and metaphors in Book One, and...
9th - 12th 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
Let's Go Exploring!
Use a Courbet painting of a cave or tunnel opening to reinforce the importance of descriptive writing. Writers of all ages use sensory details to describe what the scene depicts as they pretend to be in the painting. Then they imagine...
K - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Lesson: Paint Inspiring Words
The painting Three Young Girls circa 1620, was believed to be painted after the death of the subjects' mother. Art enthusiasts analyze the image details to determine if they come to the same conclusion. They then use the sensory details...
7th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts