Descriptive Writing Unit with Graphic Organizers

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5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
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This package Descriptive Writing Resources contains a variety of engaging descriptive writing mini lessons to improve the writing of your upper elementary and middle school students. Using the descriptive writing graphic organizers and writing prompts provided, students practice word choice and write their own descriptive paragraphs. All resources are classroom tested and include detailed instructions and creative handouts. Very little teacher prep in needed – simply print and teach!

While all of the resources included in this package can be successfully used as-is, they work great when placed into an Interactive Notebook. Interactive Notebooks are powerful tools to enable students to be creative, independent thinkers and writers. Interactive Notebooks allow students to express their ideas in unique ways, and process information presented in class. Completed Interactive Notebooks become valuable study tools for students to reflect back on, and are great as a record of student progress over time.

All resources included in this package can easily be aligned to the common core standards.

This creative and engaging package includes the following:

”My Perfect Place” Descriptive Writing Project: Students write their first draft of this descriptive writing assignment at the start of the unit. The assignment is then collected, and handed out for revision at the end of the unit. This gives students the opportunity to use their new found skills to improve their writing. Second draft paper, good copy paper, and an illustration page are also included. Completed assignments make gorgeous bulletin board displays!

”Show Me Sentences” Activities: A variety of activities are included to help students practice writing descriptive sentences that “show” instead of “tell”.

Show Don’t Tell – Feelings: Students use the included worksheets to help brainstorm ways to show different feelings in their writing. Two different brainstorming sheets (with answer keys featuring possible answers) and a descriptive writing and illustrating activity are included.

Show Don’t Tell – Five Senses: Students use the included worksheets to help brainstorm ways to improve their writing by making it appeal to the 5 senses. Two different brainstorming sheets, with answer keys featuring possible answers, are included.

Hershey Kiss Descriptive Writing Activity:Students are given a Hershey Kiss, and must describe it in a way that appeals to the five senses. A step by step guide to take students through the writing process is included.

Cookie Descriptive Writing Activity:Students are given a cookie, and must describe it using both “Show” and “Tell” sentences.

Descriptive Writing - Colors: Students are given a variety of crayons, and must come up with new descriptive names for each color. Detailed instructions included.

Descriptive Writing Prompts: Two different writing prompt activities are included, to help students practice their descriptive writing skills.

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