By Mary Rose
Many state assessments ask students to write essays in which they describe physical characteristics, mood, thoughts, emotions, scenes, and action. This lesson is designed to help students learn to describe beyond the usual visual descriptions.
Includes 3 reproducibles:
• writing to a descriptive prompt exercise
• a sample descriptive essay that includes directions for editing
• a descriptive prompt and writing activity
PLUS a "Prompt Bank" page with 16 prompts that are perfect for descriptive writing!
Using sentence fragmentsWhile we want our students to write in complete sentences, it is acceptable for them to include sentence fragments, especially if they are used purposefully and to make a point. A good example of this is in Gil’s story when he wrote, “Embarrassing? You bet!” This is often a sign of a mature writer and can be a very effective writing element!
Grades 3 & Up