Lesson Plan

Writing Descriptive Sentences

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In this lesson, students will:

  • create sentences to describe what is taking place in the story.
  • use transitions to show sequence in a story.
  • review components of a sentence. A sentence expresses a complete thought, first word is capitalized, and has an appropriate end mark.
  • use descriptive words—adjectives—to give more detail to their sentences.


Essential Questions

  • What role does writing play in our lives?
  • How do we develop into effective writers?
  • To what extent does the writing process contribute to the quality of the writing?


Vocabulary

  • Noun: Referring to a person, place, or thing.
  • Adjective: A modifier of a noun; gives detail to a noun.
  • Descriptive Words: Words used to describe something, someplace, or someone.
  • Observe: To see, watch, perceive, or notice.
  • Sentence: A group of words that expresses a complete thought in the form of a statement, question, or exclamation.
  • Sentence Variety: Using a variety of sentence patterns to create a desired effect.
  • Transitions: Words, terms, phrases, and sentence variations used to arrange and signal movement of ideas. For example, next, and then, in the end, another reason for, after that, and on the other hand are all transitions.


Duration

60–90 minutes/2–3 class periods


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Materials

  • paper, pencil, and crayons
  • clipboards or something firm for students to use as they write outside
  • copies of the Descriptive Writing Chart, one per student, plus overhead transparency or chart paper (LW-1-1-1_Descriptive Writing Chart.doc)


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