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Descriptive Writing Unit: Place Paragraph (Google Classroom Compatible)

Grade Levels
5th - 8th
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47 pages
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In this seven-day Descriptive Writing Unit students utilize the steps for writing (pre-writing, writing, revising, editing, and publishing) in order to describe a place in a detailed paragraph. Lessons and mini-lessons include: effective pre-writing, writing lead sentences, putting details in order, using transitions, avoiding overused words, writing descriptive sentences, self-editing, and peer editing.

Digital Version Included - This resource includes a traditional PDF version of the student writing packet, as well as a link for Google Slides. This means that this resource is ready for Google Classroom! The digital version of the packet is accessible from any computer and allows students to complete their work online. You’ll find links for digital versions of the student writing packet and the grading rubric included with this resource.

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Common Core State Standards:

  • W.3, W.4, W.5, W.10
  • SL.1
  • L.1, L.2, L.3, L.5

Skills Developed in Descriptive Writing Unit:

  • Understand the purpose for writing; to describe
  • Identify the intended audience
  • Use the “writing process” (prewriting, drafting, revising, proofreading, and editing)
  • Write clear, concise sentences
  • Observe rules of punctuation, capitalization, and spelling
  • Use correct grammatical construction
  • Use transitional words and phrases
  • Write for an authentic purpose, including publication

Quick Descriptive Writing Unit Overview:

  • DAY ONE: Unit Introduction: Student Sample Analysis and Review of Critical Components
  • DAY TWO: Prewriting: Place Brainstorm / Place Details
  • DAY THREE: Prewriting and Writing: Organize Ideas / Sensory Details / First Draft
  • DAY FOUR: Revising: Leads / Adding Voice / Power-Packed Words
  • DAY FIVE: Revising: Vivid Details / Transitions / Undernourished Sentences
  • DAY SIX: Editing: Self Edit and Peer Edit
  • DAY SEVEN: Publish and Share

This detailed Descriptive Writing Unit includes:

Student Packet:

  • Student Descriptive Writing Samples (3)
  • Critical Components Analysis
  • Pre-Write Guides: Brainstorm, Place Details, Organizing Ideas, Sensory Details
  • Revising Guides: Leads, Voice, Word Choice, Vivid Details, Transition Words and Phrases, Undernourished Phrases
  • Editing Guides: Self-Edit Checklist, Peer Edit Guide
  • Rubric

Teacher Resources:

  • Detailed Lesson Plans (7)
  • Descriptive Place Clues
  • Key - Critical Components - Sample Analysis
  • Rubric

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Total Pages
47 pages
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Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
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.
With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on how well purpose and audience have been addressed.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured 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.


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