This descriptive writing unit pairs writing with something kids love . . . candy! This unit covers diction, connotation, denotation, simile, metaphor, and personification. It also encourages discussion of tone and mood. Furthermore, it includes partner, group, and individual tasks. Students get to eat candy in class and draw, all while learning to be better writers. They will understand the importance of choosing just the right word to convey meaning. This unit should take approximately a week and a half for 90 minutes classes.
Students will . . .
► clarify the difference in connotation of several sets of words and then move on to "Degrees of Intensity"
worksheet. Upon completion, students will move swiftly from student to student to complete the connotation lesson, so they get out of their seats and engage with one another. This a very enjoyable and unique lesson for teaching connotation, denotation, diction, and tone as well as their effect on the reader.
► do "Diction: Delightful or Derogatory"
sheet for students to contemplate connotation.
► participate in Tone fun -
a quick look at tone through a drama-type activity.
► complete "Word Choice Makes All the Difference!
" This activity comes in two levels. The first one is for an honors or advanced group, and it uses a short excerpt from Patrick Henry's "Speech to the Virginia Convention." Students will write synonyms for underlined words in the excerpt (denotation) and select another word to fit. They will analyze the effectiveness
of their choices (connotation) as well as the impact their choices had on tone
. The second activity is for a younger or struggling group. They will do the exact same thing, but they will use a fictional passage instead with easier words. The same skills are assessed in both activities.
► show understanding with hands-on figurative language race - AWESOME Activity!
► do sentence makeover
an essay on M & M candies (answer key included).
► complete brainstorm map
► write a descriptive essay
► assess another student's essay using a peer evaluation sheet
their own essay.
for grading the essay is included in this packet.
This lesson includes classroom talk, scaffolding, analyzing, applying, comparing, assessing, and more.
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