This bundle contains five products you can use to promote descriptive word choice and the use of colourful language with your students. You save 30% by buying them together. Please see below for product descriptions.
Descriptive Language Fan: Paint A Rainbow With Colorful Word Choice
In this activity students make a reference fan of commonly used words and alternative descriptive language they can use instead.
Words Included: said, good, bad, walked, great, mad, pretty, very, big, small, nice, funny, happy, sad, ugly, angry, scared, laughed, looked, gross. A sheet of blank templates is also included.
Why Use Descriptive Language? Comic Strip Note- Painting A Picture With Words
In this fun and silly comic strip style note students follow Frank as his story unfolds. As the sentence gets expanded with descriptive language it changes from "Frank sprinted through the dark forest in terror as the zombie snapped at his heels". This is the perfect way to introduce the use of colourful language and to explain why it is important as a writer when you try to paint a picture using words.
This is followed by a student worksheet in which they expand three sentences by adding descriptive language in the same comic strip style. Includes example answers.
Using Descriptive Language: Worksheets To Encourage Colourful Word Choice
"Today I went to Jack's birthday party. It was fun."
Teachers everywhere recognize this type of writing. After assigning a writing prompt or diary entry they are faced with sentence after sentence of 'good, fun, bad, a lot,' and other 'really, really, really' boring and generic word choices. Though this is obviously fine at certain levels and for certain students, for writing to evolve it is important to encourage colorful and descriptive word choices. This product helps to introduce students to descriptive language use in their writing.
-Why Use Descriptive Language?
A brief introduction describing what descriptive language is and why we want to use it.
Students fill out a table brainstorming synonyms for commonly used words.
-Add Some Color!
Students rewrite sentences using more colorful and descriptive language.
-Descriptive Language: Rewrite
Students rewrite a passage using more descriptive language to make the story more captivating.
Using Descriptive Language: Expanding Sentences
These sentence activities are a fun way for students to develop their descriptive writing skills. Students are given a sentence which they rewrite. They are given a word bank of words for each sentence that they might find helpful when they do this, however they also use words that they personally know and want to use.
In the handout ‘how do I expand a sentence?’ students learn some strategies for rewriting a sentence with more descriptive language. In the introduction handout they learn that descriptive language helps us tell a story, and they are introduced to the idea of questioning a sentence to see what they can add to it.
This package can also be bound into a student half-page sized booklet with the two handouts at the beginning, followed by their rewritten sentences. There is a cover page provided for if you choose to create a booklet.
Word Choice Desk Strips
Please note that this product is in zip file format and ensure that you have the appropriate program to open the file prior to purchase.
Additionally, a Canadian/Australian version with appropriate spelling of colour is included for the comic note and descriptive language worksheet downloads. Please make sure you print the correct version from the download for your students.
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