Make descriptive writing fun with this free activity to get your students using details. Furthermore, it gets students out of their seats for place-based writing! These handouts include guiding questions to help students write words and phrases for each sense: sight, sound, touch, smell, and taste. Then students write poetry, stories, or other reflections with their descriptions.
Meet the needs of diverse learners and use this activity to help students brainstorm ideas for a descriptive essay, for poetry, for journals, or as an independent writing practice. While it can be completed any time of the year, the sights, sounds, and scents of the holidays make it a joyful learning experience during the winter season.
This 8-page resource can be modified for use with multiple secondary English grade levels. It includes teacher instructions, sensory writing graphic organizers, and a word bank for ELL students or other learners who may need help with vocabulary.
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