Descriptive Writing Unit - Lesson Plan, Writing Prompts, Sensory Word Lists

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Grade Levels
4th - 7th
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This descriptive writing mini unit is super quick to teach and will improve your students' descriptive writing instantly. It's got an engaging descriptive writing lesson plan that will launch your students into fabulous descriptive writing so they show, not tell, in addition to other resources you'll return to again and again. In this descriptive writing mini unit, you'll find graphic organizers that will support all learners, with two different options for younger/weaker older/stronger students. The epic sensory word list and writing prompts provide dozens of options for descriptive writing practice and lessons.

Do you teach descriptive writing and wish there were a way students could use more voice and wonderful description? Do you wish they would "show, not tell" in their descriptive writing? The Magic Camera method for teaching descriptive writing makes it a breeze! Your students' descriptions will be vivid and spring to life from the page.

This robust resource gives you everything you need to make teaching descriptive writing your favorite thing!

What's Included in the descriptive writing mini unit?

☀️ Teacher directions and ideas for implementation, support and differentiation so you'll know exactly how to use it easily and quickly

☀️ A complete lesson plan you can use to introduce students to the Magic Camera method of descriptive writing. It's so simple that you can explain it in two minutes, and you can use the lesson plan as a way to do a complete introduction to descriptive writing.

☀️ A Magic Camera Method handout students can use every time they practice descriptive writing

☀️ Upgrading Your Magic Camera: A more advanced handout for older or advanced students (use whatever works for your students!)

☀️ A graphic organizer for generating different sensory words and planning

☀️ A graphic organizer for tracking the use of sensory words as students are writing

☀️ A narrative writing rubric for elementary students with a self-reflection piece built in so students can evaluate their own writing

☀️ A narrative writing rubric for older/more advanced students

☀️ A one-page sensory words handout for younger students

☀️ A three-page sensory words handout for older/more advanced students to support their descriptive writing over and over

☀️ An extra, special word list of dozens and dozens of color words with the colors displayed so students can avoid saying "blue" over and over! (This is digital.) This will blow your mind! You will be shocked at how much richer students' descriptive writing will be with the addition of robust and varied color words. Pinkie promise!

☀️ A list of nearly 50 narrative writing prompts so you can offer loads of descriptive writing practice choices

☀️ Writing pages with the graphic organizers built right in so you can just print or share and get them writing!

☀️ Links to copy the appropriate documents to your own Google Drive™ so you will have access on every device

If you teach descriptive writing in grades 3 & up, this resource will work for you!

There's no need to hunt around for a sensory word list to help your students show, not tell - that's included right here, too!

Would you like to receive emails from parents raving about how they're hanging their child's writing on the fridge because you're such an amazing writing teacher?

If so, this is descriptive writing pack is for you!

This is the method I developed for teaching students how to bring their descriptive writing to life. It's exactly how I grew young writers in confidence and ability, and it works beautifully.

It's perfect for students who are struggling, as well as gifted students because there are graphic organizers and handouts and word lists to help them and challenge them.

If you teach descriptive writing in grades 3 & up, this resource will work for you!

This unit works great with Google Classroom™!

NOTE: Be sure you're logged into your Google account when you access the digital version!

Other teachers just like you say this about it:

⭐My students were very engaged and enjoyed this very much. Thank you for creating such a great resource!

⭐I love this resource! I think it is a fun way for students to actively think about using descriptive words. I am using it to help my students write poetry about themselves and the things that make them unique. This resource has a lot in it and is well worth the price! I LOVE the idea of having a Google Sheet with sensory words that students can have and refer back to!

⭐Great resource to help my students develop their descriptive writing skills. Thank you!


✍️Grab your own copy, and your students will be engaged in great writing, too!

It's so flexible! You can use this terrific writing resource in these grades:

✅3rd grade

✅4th grade

✅5th grade

✅6th grade

✅7th grade

✅8th grade

✅9th grade

✅10th grade

✅11th grade

✅12th grade

I've taught 3rd - 12th, and I've used this with all of my students!

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, description, and pacing, to develop experiences and events or show the responses of characters to situations.


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