Get Descriptive on Easter
Students will be able to write an informative text using descriptive details.
- Ask students what makes a story or text boring.
- Have students share out answers with the class.
- Prompt students to think about what writers can do to make their writing more interesting.
- Accept student answers.
- Explain to students that the key to creating strong description is to include adjectives. Adjectives tell more information about the noun.
- Read aloud Owl Moon by Jane Yolen.
- Point out all the instances in which Jane Yolen includes descriptive detail in the story.
- Inform students that today they will use what they know about adjectives and details to write strong descriptive paragraphs.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher modeling(10 minutes)
- Show students a simple, boring paragraph on the document camera.
- Example: I am happy. We got a dog. It was a surprise. We drove to Waco on Easter. My dad introduced me to the puppy. The dog is black. He is ten pounds. He is sleepy.
- Explain to students that this author did not include strong adjectives and details. Without strong adjectives and details, we can't have strong description!
- Model reworking the paragraph so that it has more descriptive details. Underline the additional words that make the paragraph more descriptive.
- Example: I am the happiest person in the world. We got a new dog. It was a surprise when we drove to Waco on Easter morning. My dad introduced me to the sweetest, little puppy. The small, shy dog is black. He is only ten pounds. He is so sleepy and cuddly.
Guided Practice(15 minutes)
- Divide students into partnerships.
- Display another boring paragraph on the document camera.
- Example: On Easter we went to the zoo. We rode in a car. We waited in line. We saw animals. The day was fun.
- Instruct the partnerships to improve the boring paragraph by including descriptive adjectives and details. Have them write their new paragraph on a piece of chart paper or construction paper.
- Allow partnerships to share out when they finish.
Independent working time(15 minutes)
- Distribute a copy of the Easter Creative Writing #7 worksheet.
- Read the creative writing prompt aloud with the students.
- Explain to students that they are using creativity as they imagine what their Easter egg could look like. This does not have to be an actual Easter egg they have made in the past.
- Clarify any questions students may have.
- Review the lesson's objective, and remind students to be descriptive with adjectives and details as they answer the writing prompt.
- Give students a list of adjectives to choose from as they describe their Easter egg.
- Challenge your advanced students to write a step-by-step instruction list of how to create the most perfectly decorated Easter egg.
- Collect completed Easter Creative Writing #7 worksheets to read students' descriptive writing.
- Use a checklist to assess each student's writing. The checklist focus areas should include: clear topic, descriptive adjectives used, complete sentences, ideas are organized logically, and a concluding statement.
Review and closing(5 minutes)
- Distribute an index card or sticky note to each student.
- Instruct students to write down three new, interesting, or strong descriptive details they heard or wrote during this Easter lesson.