Understanding the use of imagery (vivid description that incorporates the five senses – sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch, creating a mental picture for the reader) enhances reading enjoyment and brings added pleasure to the experience. It is also an important component of Common Core curriculum. This engaging activity is designed to help students identify the five different ways that imagery can be presented. Students will tag along with Detective Dimwit as he bumbles through solving his fourth caper.
“The Case of the Swiped Silver Spoons,” a short, humorous original mystery written by me will keep students engaged and entertained as they work to hone their skills by identifying 26 different examples of imagery in the story. Two different activities are included for the purpose of scaffolding: one in which the examples of imagery are identified by blank lines directly after each occurrence for the students to fill in, and the other which does not offer this advantage (perhaps affording the chance for students to see how many examples they can locate without help).
Note: This activity is best suited for advanced students in grades 4 and 5; for on-grade-level students in grades 6 and 7; and for struggling readers in grades 8 and above.
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