Descriptive Language

Thyme to Read
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2nd - 4th
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  1. Mentor texts are books that will help you to provide direct instruction and modeling for a specific skill. In this bundle, I have recommended FOUR SEASONAL BOOKS and provided lesson materials for you to introduce Descriptive Language, Inferencing, Theme and Paraphrasing to your students. → What is
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Descriptive language can be such a fun and important skill to teach our students. This resource helps to explain what descriptive language is, and how author's use it to making their words more interesting. By using a mentor text, you can provide the direct instruction and modeling your students need to better understand descriptive language.

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→ What is included in this resource?
Common Core Aligned Lesson - a full lesson has been provided to outline suggested activities to introduce, or reinforce descriptive language with your students.
Anchor Charts - color, printer friendly and editable options to save you time and best fit the needs of your students. You can print at an enlarged size for whole class instruction, or reduced size for students to keep in a personal notebook. Students can use editable/blank anchor charts to take notes along with you.
Collaborative Discussion Quotes - quotes from the story that exemplify descriptive language will get your students thinking about how author's use this colorful language to engage their readers' imagination. Together in a group, your students will discuss the author's intended meaning.
Writing Center - after analyzing descriptive language, your students can apply what they learned to their own writing in a writing center. A poster with Spring themed topics, and writing paper are included.
Digital Materials - for the paperless classroom, Google Slides/Classroom digital materials are also included. Your students will have access to anchor charts, discussion quotes and student recording page.

→ How can this resource support you and your students?
This resource can save you TIME! Everything is planned and prepped (all you need to do is print, and grab the book Puddles by Jonathon London).
The topic of Spring is one that most students have a good amount of background knowledge with. The familiarity of the topic, and the child friendly text will introduce your students descriptive language. The lesson is intended to provide your students with the explicit modeling they need to understand descriptive language. The group collaboration will support your students' need for peer engagement and will help them to better understand peer perspectives. The visual anchor charts will help your students build connections about descriptive language and begin to help them identify it in text.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.
Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.


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