Gather Together 2 Week Writing Unit: Focus on Sensory Detail & Critical Analysis

Gather Together 2 Week Writing Unit: Focus on Sensory Detail & Critical Analysis
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In this bundled product, you can get both the “Gather Together- Descriptive Writing Mini-Unit” and “Gather Together- Food Critique Mini-Unit." Together, you will have two weeks of creative writing lessons to use with your students and they will absolutely love how the writing revolves around the enjoyment of food!

Week One:

In this mini-writing unit, “Gather Together- Descriptive Writing Mini-Unit,” students will review and practice using sensory details within a narrative writing piece. Through a hands-on sensory detail game (where students become “secret tasters” at a restaurant), teacher modeling, and peer discussions, students will explore a memory they have that is tied to a favorite recipe. Using this memory of a special recipe, students will write and publish a descriptive personal anecdote, similar to what one might find on a professional food blog! Students will love becoming “taste testers” and drawing upon memories of their favorite foods!

This pack includes:
- A One Week Guide for Teachers: Contains step by step instructions for conducting the unit
- Student Handouts: Sensory detail observation table, discussion questions, recipe card, a section for brainstorming and rough drafts, sample anecdote, & sample sensory detail revisions
- Sample final copy of published anecdote
- Rubric included for easy grading



Week Two:

In this mini-writing unit, “Gather Together- Food Critique Mini-Unit,” students will practice using critical analysis skills to critique imaginary restaurants. To extend the learning one step further, students will become food critics, using a pre-made observation chart to review a series of meals (at home or during school lunches). The will then use descriptive language (especially sensory details) to write a review that centers on the four major aspects of restaurant success- atmosphere, service, meal quality, and meal presentation. Through guided journaling, peer discussions, and hands-on observation students will engage in the art of critical analysis using a medium we all love- food!

This pack includes:
- A One Week Guide for Teachers: Contains step by step instructions for conducting the unit
- Student Handouts: Journal questions, discussion questions, a section for recording ratings and observations, a note-taking section, and a space for writing the rough draft/final copy
- Slideshow of imaginary restaurant scenarios, observation charts, student notes, and sample critical review
- Sample final copy of a published critical review
- Rubric included for easy grading
Total Pages
34 pages
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N/A
Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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