Teaching descriptive writing is an exciting process.
It's a word playground ... playing around with words, making better substitutes, imagining a scene or character in detail and then expressing it in concrete terms.
But how do you really begin? After reading aloud for many years, your children will have heard wonderful examples of descriptive writing and so the next logical step is that they learn how to replicate what the 'great' authors do!
So... how do we do that?
Show off the best authors and learning from their writing styles!
It's all about using a modeling approach to writing.
Teaching descriptive writing using the Modeling approach is an exciting way to explore descriptive writing techniques used by different authors - and then put that same technique into practice. It is simple, yet, so effective!
As I began to teach my children how to write descriptively, I created a number of ebooks which go through that exact process. First, we read from the authors; Then, we examine what they have done - and then we apply it.
Here's an example of what my 13 year old, reluctant writer created...
In this ebook you will find excellent models of descriptive writing, followed by questions which help the reader identify the author's techniques. Then, using graphic organizers, the student creates his/her own descriptive writing based on the model. Once you have used this ebook, you will easily be able to apply the same techniques to all sorts of literary passages and continue teaching descriptive writing on your own.
Modeling the Classics aims to encourage children to model their own writing, on styles of authors which they already love.
This e-book contains:
Both. The ebook is written to the child and is written to help both the parent and child view a passage of literature, extract all the prepositional phrases to bring the writing to the barebones, write a simple list of keywords or phrases, and then work with the words and using the similar style used by the author, add interesting phrases, adjectives, verbs and adverbs. The ebook assumes a certain level of understanding of grammatical terms and so younger children will need help initially from the parent/teacher. However, as similar steps are used again and again, the children will readily understand what needs to be done. My 8 year old understands what to do when I say, "Bring it to the barebones."
The Descriptive Writing Ebook is scripted and terms are explained and easy to understand. The parts of speech in the step by step guides are even colour-coded for easy understanding.
This ebook is most suited to ages 7-12
Teaching Descriptive Writing sets out to teach:
This is done by using models of literature. Each set above is taught once through the use of a model of literature and then a scripted lesson. This scripted lesson is based on these steps:
Four extra models are provided for extra practice to develop descriptive writing in these categories. However, only one of them is written as a scripted lesson.
In total there are 3 models with scripted, detailed lessons and another 12 models of literature (4 in each category) with 4-5 questions which will help the parent discuss the passage with the child.
No. This ebook uses a basic outline of teaching descriptive writing using a model from Literature. Spelling or dictation is not scripted in the lessons. Grammar is taught in the context of removing and adding parts of speech to create descriptive writing. It is easy, however, to add dictation and spelling from these literary passages, but Spelling lists or suggestions are not included.
If you would like to understand how to add Spelling and Grammar lessons in the context of literature studies, follow the steps on the Language Arts Lesson Plans with Literature page.
Enjoy learning from the best and modeling the classic authors and their styles.
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