Descriptive Writing Teacher Resources
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Power of the Image -- Descriptive Writing and Images of Children and the Great Depression
6th - 8th
Middle schoolers create a journal from the viewpoint of a child during the Great Depression. They view primary source images of children during the Great Depression. The images used are both photographs and cartoons. After viewing these...
Descriptive Writing Using the Book Rumpelstiltskin
2nd - 4th CCSS: Adaptable
Use the fairy tale Rumpelstiltskin to teach your third grade class about descriptive writing. Following a teacher read-aloud of the story, the class brainstorms a list of adjectives describing the main character. Students use this list...
Strong Descriptive Writing: James and the Giant Peach
4th - 6th
Support your writers! Clear procedures and appropriate support make this a superb resource for elementary writing instruction. Ready your class to compose original descriptive paragraphs inspired by the episode in Roald Dahl's James and...
The Memory Box: Descriptive Writing
4th - 7th CCSS: Adaptable
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...
Improving Descriptive Writing: Painting an Original Picture
10th - 12th
Descriptive writing is rich in sensory appeals and paints pictures in the minds of readers. Show young writers how to use an on-line thesaurus and a cliché website to create fresh, descriptive writing. The presentation ends with an...
Descriptive Writing (Using the Paintings of Winslow Homer)
7th - 10th
Art inspires art, right? Facilitate creative writing effortlessly! Images of Winslow Homer's paintings provide visual stimuli for compositions. Examples of descriptive writing follow each painting, and a scaffold is displayed to help...
Painting Places with Words Using John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men
8th - 9th CCSS: Adaptable
Useful in an Of Mice and Men unit, or in a unit that focuses on descriptive writing, this lesson prompts young authors to impersonate John Steinbeck's writing style in the opening passages of the novel. A Six Trait writing activity...
Same Setting, Different Moods: Voice and Word Choice Using Lord of the Flies
9th - 10th
Whether it's dark, delightful, or somber, set the mood with William Golding's Lord of the Flies. High-schoolers practice descriptive writing by creating the appropriate mood for an original scene, starring one of the book's main characters.