The attached activities are geared to walk students through the process of “adding details” or “elaboration” to their writing. As teachers, we often tell children to add more details, but we fail to give them the tools needed to be successful at this. This activity provides a beginning structure for adding sensory details to a story – creating a vivid image in the reader’s mind.
This activity was developed by a team of teachers that have lead their 88 fourth graders to the highest-ranking writers in the state of Florida for 3 years, as measured by the FCAT Writes Test.
For the students, the lesson includes focused practice with three engaging activities that provide a structure showing students exactly how to add “more details” to their writing.
For the teacher, the lesson includes background information, three student engagement activities, a teacher's guide, student feedback suggestions and an answer guide.