Many students have a bad habit of developing a list whenever they are writing stories or expository essays. I call that developing the idea horizontally instead of vertically. Instead of having ONE event or reason in the body, many students have a huge list. Think of it this way using your hand as a comparison. It is better to have one reason or example with five sentences than five examples with one sentence each. Both would need five fingers to count them, but the student who develops one reason or event will almost always outperform the one who tries to make a list without any effort to explain or explode any of them.
That's why I came up with this activity that rewards students visually for turning seeds (one event/reason/example into a flower) We would never want to receive a flower with one petal, but we are allowing students to give us an example with one sentence. Showing this weakness visually by using a seeds to flower template will help your students see when they are not explaining each reason/example or not developing one event enough.
I have included one personal narrative and three expository essays in this activity so that you can read them with your students. It will allow you to use their reading abilities to understand the importance of development of ideas in writing before they actually try to write their own. Feel free to email me at email@example.com if you have any questions!