Although my students understood figurative language skills, they seldom deliberately used the devices when writing.
So I invented these wheels to give them something imperative to include in the narrative.
I found this made them easily transfer their understanding to usage.
There are 4 wheels altogether; 2 color (large and small), 2 black ink (large and small)
I use the small one for individual students and print the large on huge paper for classroom display.
This was a very successful tool, as I found as soon as they spun they became focused on including the result and they'd concentrate on their descriptions.
I printed and laminated and have a spinner attached with a split pin (brass brad)
Students spin and they must include those results in their narrative.
Sometimes, I spin one or two wheels and everyone has to use the results.
This system made the students write more descriptively, and I found they actually started to include other devices they hadn't spun.
I know the system worked because gradually less students wanted to use the wheels. They wanted the freedom to include whatever they wished. SUCCESS!
I've also "spun the wheels" for speaking activities and oral story-telling. It is entertaining to create a class story, and continue to spin a wheel, to determine what the next student must include. This activity makes listening compulsory!
These are a fantastic resource for classroom, casual teachers, tutors and home schoolers.
I find the kids enjoy this novel approach and become involved and interested in the random fun aspect. It relieves the pressure.
Fun and learning!
I support this with Figurative Language Task Cards, individual sets or a huge bundle
I have sets of Task Cards and Posters for these Figurative Language Writing Skills in case you are interested; individually and in a money-saving GROWING BUNDLE
Figurative Language Skills Growing Bundle
I have other sets of Task Cards for Figurative Language
Figurative Language METAPHOR
Figurative Language ONOMATOPOEIA
Figurative Language HYPERBOLE
Figurative Language ALLITERATION
Figurative Language SIMILE
Figurative Language IDIOMS
I have similar Wheels for Narratives, to spin up characters etc
Narrative Wheels for characters, setting and props
Writing Text Types Posters
Writing Task Cards
My Writing Center Display/Organization
Writing Centre Organisation
Writing Narrative Wheels by Maree Henderson is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.