Descriptive Writing - Avoiding Cliches

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Room 213
Grade Levels
5th - 12th
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51 slides, 7 handouts
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This writing lesson will help students avoid cliches in their writing while they learn to use strong, descriptive language. Students often use cliches because they're easy; they require little thought. Teach them to avoid these phrases and, at the same time, give them practice in showing, not telling, and in creating original detail and figurative language.

An easy-to-follow slideshow will guide you and your students through this lesson. Graphic organizers allow students to brainstorm details that will convey meaning without relying on a cliche. Finally, they will choose one cliche and create a piece of writing that captures the meaning of the cliche with original detail and figurative language.

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51 slides, 7 handouts
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Teaching Duration
1 hour
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