This 12 page teaching tools packet is a way to help students remember to include figurative language in their writing. Different figurative language, (referred to here as “language tools”) are printed on different tool templates that can be printed and cut out so that each student can have a tool set on their desk when writing. There are six different tools included. An envelope label is also included so that it can be cut out and glued onto individual envelopes to store the tools in when they are not being used. I also highly suggest you laminate these so they can be used with future classes.
The idea behind this is to help the students write “colorful” stories. Often times using figurative language is not natural to young writers. I have used this with my fifth graders as a novel way to encourage good writing. They have enjoyed using them, and the results were wonderful. After the students have used these tools several times, I put them away so that they can begin incorporating good language tools on their own. I have found that anything different from the norm, can be a great teaching aide with a result of engaged learning.
This packet includes all the templates and instructions you will need to put this together for your class. My entire team used these with very good results. The suggested color code for each tool is stated and an example is shown.
Here’s the way we used these tools. My students placed them across the top part of their desks. I had them get out corresponding colored pencils and place them on top of each tool. As they wrote, whenever they incorporated the use of any of these language tools, they wrote it in the matching color. When they are done writing they can easily see all the figurative language they have used, and as I grade their papers I can also quickly identify which ones they used. When they are done writing for the day they place their tool set back in its envelope and turn it in. I keep all the tool sets and distribute them whenever we use them. This way I can keep them and use them year to year.
The tools that are included are:
Each tool has an example of its figurative language.
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