This is a less advanced, more intermediate version of 'elaboration practice' which will help students learn and practice elaborative techniques. I used this in a fourth grade classroom during a writing seminar and they loved it!
Included, you'll find an infographic and prompt on lessons learned from competition and a Keynote/PowerPoint (I've included both). I used this set to teach my students three different types of elaboration. To begin I introduce these three concepts and transition into what elaboration is NOT (you know, the common mistakes your kids make), before taking those mistakes and correcting them. I've provided examples of these techniques, and supplied some cooresponding questions for students.
In my classroom we use this as a 'competition' between multiple (4-5) small groups for 'points' throughout ALL of my class periods. When students are directed to write a piece of elaboration, I give them about 6 minutes to complete this before sharing with the entire class. The group with the most points at the end of the two - four days (depending on your preference), WINS (some kind of awesome prize)!
Trust me, if you want engagement, this is it! My students completed one of these today in front of my principal; students were all working together, out of their seats, jumping, writing furiously, excited to share EACH response with the whole class for points, and she loved it!