This activity is a CCSS-aligned writing task to pair with Ray Bradbury's short story "The Pedestrian" or any other text where readers find characters with a deep appreciation for nature. Leonard Mead is the only person in Bradbury's dystopian story who leaves his home every night just to walk, to breathe fresh air, to examine leaves that have fallen.
In this writing task, students are asked to take pictures of nature, and choose one picture that they would like to write about. However, this activity isn't just about writing descriptively about a leaf! Students are tasked with making their writing fit the writing frame included by writing teacher and author Gary Provost. In his vignette, Provost shows how varying one's sentence structure and sentence length leads to a more pleasing rhythm in one's writing. I noticed that my students need more practice varying their writing to develop their personal voice, and this activity is one way that I will help them practice this skill!
The second page of this activity provides instructions on how to have students upload to Padlet in case you'd like your students to showcase their work for a wider audience. If students are not going to upload to Padlet, just print the first page and you are ready to go! If you would like to see some of my student examples, please email me here through TPT and I will send you the link to my class Padlet links.
There is no rubric attached specific to this activity. If you have a descriptive writing or vignette rubric that you usually use, it could fit with this writing task. However, I would include a column that assesses whether students were able to match their sentence lengths and structures to Gary Provost's example.