Are you struggling with creative ways to get your students to add more descriptive details to their writing? Are you looking for a creative way to introduce narrative writing to your class? Then this is the writing presentation you have been looking for.
This presentation has been designed to be used in the classroom over several days of writing instruction. It is a writing lesson centered around writing a story about building a snowman. This presentation uses a guided approach having the students writing one sentence at a time while providing a teacher example on each slide. The teacher's sentence example models the effective use of strong verbs, vivid adjectives, similes, metaphors, and even varied sentence structure. This narrative does follow a conflict/resolution structure as seen below:
Paragraph 1 - introduce characters, setting, and problem (conflict)
Paragraph 2 - First attempt to solve problem unsuccessfully
Paragraph 3 - Second attempt to solve problem unsuccessfully
Paragraph 4 - Third and final attempt to solve problem which is successful and conclusion
**Because this lesson is focusing on adding details and not so much teaching the structure of a narrative essay... all students have the same problem... the snowman is melting. How they solve the problem is what varies.**
I have used this presentation in my 4th and 3rd grade classrooms and have seen my students finally grasp what I meant when I instructed them to "add more details". I designed this presentation using powerpoint but then saved this file as a PDF. I simply scroll through each "slide" while teaching the lesson over several days.
I hope you give it a try and that your students love it!