This product includes 2 graphic organizers: 1 for a sensory details sort, 1 for a strong words compilation. Finally, there is a practice page for writing with sensory details.
One of my main focuses of the year in writing is using imagery and sensory details to create vivid images! In fact our first “writing process” piece is to describe our favorite family food without telling the reader what the food actually is! Students must rely on sensory details to create the essence of the food.
For imagery, I start with students using the graphic organizer to gather a perfect example of how to describe each of the five senses (with lots of support, of course). For this, you could gather passages from popular books. I have provided the examples I gave my students as a word sort- these are basic, but get the point across! This product includes 6 passages when sorting into the 5 senses so students won't necessarily have an obvious answer for the final 2 blanks (so 1 sense has 2 examples).
After the sort, we highlight all the adjectives to look at what is helping make the passages descriptive!
Then we brainstorm strong verbs and other words we could use to describe each sense. We gather some of these word from the passages just sorted.
Finally, we practice modifying sentences with imagery in the final practice page. I tell my students they are not allowed to use the words in the original sentences. They must SHOW those words instead. Often, students’ books can provide incredible examples of imagery. Therefore, we spend a lot of time scavenging our independent reading books for strong words and sensory details, too!
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