Sensory Language in Owl Moon

Scholars share a favorite memory then take part in a read-aloud of the story, Owl Moon by Jane Yolen. Learners discuss thoughts and experiences the main characters found memorable. Pupils rummage through copies of the book to locate examples of sensory language then write their findings in a graphic organizer. Class members draft a narrative essay about a personal experience they fondly remember using plenty of imagery.  

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Instruct early finishers to add a drawing to their essay, paying special attention to detail
  • Have a narrative writing rubric available for writers to reference while they work 
  • Display finished writing process at Open House for family members to read their child's positive stories 
Classroom Considerations
  • Pupils should be familiar with narrative writing structure 
  • Several copies of Owl Moon by Jane Yolen are required 
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  • Participants are encouraged to think of positive memories
  • The story offers a strong example of sensory language 
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