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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.
  • use descriptive words—adjectives—to give more detail to their sentences.

Essential Questions

  • What makes clear and effective writing?
  • Who is the audience? What will work best for the audience?


  • Adjective: A word that describes a noun.
  • Descriptive Words: Words used to describe or give details about something, some place, or someone.
  • Noun: A word that names a person, place, or thing.
  • Sentence: A group of words that is a complete thought as a statement, question, or exclamation. Its first word is capitalized, and it has an appropriate end mark.)
  • Sentence Variety: Using a variety of sentence lengths and types.
  • Transitions: Words or phrases that help a reader move from one idea to the next. For example, next, and then, in the end, another reason for, after that, and on the other hand are all transitions.


60–90 minutes/2–3 class periods

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  • 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 class viewing copy or chart paper (LW-1-1-1_Descriptive Writing Chart.doc)
  • copies of the Transition Words document, a class copy or one per student (LW-1-1-2_Transition Words.docx)

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