Teaching Descriptive Writing   Leave a comment


Teaching descriptive writing is made simple with this free chapter from my workbook. Just download it, photocopy it and see what level your students are at! I have previously published the solution to this chapter on my blog under ‘Describing a river’.

For much more of these types of posts, please check out my new book Writing with Stardust by clicking the book title or the images below.

For what it’s worth, if you can complete all these grids, you should do 10 cartwheels,  take a bow, join the circus and never have to worry again because you are a GENIUS my friend! I wrote it and even I have to think about some of the answers, so I repeat; if you can complete these grids, you are a GENIUS and we should all worship at the altar of your brilliance.

Maybe it would be better to just do each Level 1 in the grids first and then try the Level 2’s etc. That way you can be a genius for your age group, which is much the same as being a certified genius. Remember; the solutions can be found by punching in ‘Describing a River’ on Google and getting my blog site or just hit the RSS button on your left and scroll down to ‘Describing a River’.

RIVERS AND STREAMS

COLOUR

1 point                2 points             3 points             4 points           5 points               TOTAL

cr_sta_ -blue sap_hi_e-blue g_mst__e-blue bu__e_fl_-blue d__g_nf__-blue
je_e_- blue g_m-blue turq_io_e-blue d_c_    eg_-blue k__gf_s_e_- blue

                                                  MAKE A SENTENCE

1.

2.

                                                                 SOUND                                                    TOTAL

spl__h_ng o_z_ng bab__ing m_rm_ring pu__ing
tric__ing se_p_ng bur__ing thr_m_ing pu_ing

                                              

                                                   MAKE A SENTENCE

1.

2.

                                                                    SHAPE                                                  TOTAL

tw_s_ed sw__ved wo__d sn__ed me__de_er
cu_ved co__ed w_aved zi_za__ed wen_ed

                                                  MAKE A SENTENCE

1.

2.

                                                                  ACTION                                                TOTAL

hop_ed ju__ed spr__g hu_dled bo_n_ed
sk__ped le_ped d_n_ed va_l_ed ji__ed

                                                 

                                                   MAKE A SENTENCE

1.

2.

                                                    METAPHORS FOR RIVERS                           TOTAL

roa_s ve_ns liq__d soul li_e_lood pla__a
moto_w_ys art__ies pum_ing soul li_u_d    sp_r_t eli__r

MAKE A SENTENCE

1.

2.

                                                         WATER REFLECTING                                 TOTAL

flas__ing sp__k_ing glo__ng gl__ting gli_t__ng
fl__k_ring shi__er_ng gl__ming gl___e__ng gli__m__ing

MAKE A SENTENCE

1.

2.

                                                               OTHER IMAGES                                      TOTAL

swans     gli_ing pebbles tum__ing trou_    slo_hing t__gstw___ing wh___po__swh___ing
ducks pad__ing bu__er_lies flu___ring drag____ieswh__z__g __gfi___rsfi__ing __she_m_n’sli__ hi___ng

                                          MAKE A SENTENCE

1.

2.

                          SENSATION                  

2 points                 3 points                 5 points                      TOTAL

refre__ing stim__ating thirst-quen__ing
ener__sing invigo___ing thirst-sla__ng

                                                  MAKE A SENTENCE

1.

2.

                                                              SMELL                        TOTAL

sc_nt fra_ra__e per__me
a_oma wa_t colo__e

                                                  MAKE A SENTENCE

1.

2.

                                                          TASTE                            TOTAL

yu__y lu_h scru__ti_us
ri_h del__i_us subl__e

                                                  MAKE A SENTENCE

1.

2.

 

                            

 

                      

 

 

 

 

 

                       PLANNING A PARAGRAPH    

The purpose of this grid system is to plan a paragraph on the ‘Rivers and Streams’ chapter. The concept is very simple. The students should be encouraged to paint in a scene using their ‘artist’s eye’. This means that they should be dividing up a scene like this into its different components.

Each student should be encouraged to memorise one word in each grid which matches their level. One point can be awarded for each word they fill in. If they get 9 points or more, they should get a reward. The process can then be repeated for the second word in their grid. Underneath the grids, there are fifteen sentences. The student should be encouraged to sketch in five more details to the passage. After every two sentences using the grids, an original sentence of their own should be added. It could be a bird in the sky, other characters by the river or different colours and sounds. After this, the lines should be rewritten in three paragraphs of five sentences each. The exercise may then be checked for spellings, syntax and errors of punctuation and grammar.

                                                                                                   

COLOUR SHAPE METAPHORS IMAGES SMELL
         
SOUND ACTION REFLECTING SENSATION TASTE
         

 

COLOUR SHAPE METAPHORS IMAGES SMELL
         
SOUND ACTION REFLECTING SENSATION TASTE
         

* The sentences in bold should be the students’ own, original ideas.

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MAKE THREE PARAGRAPHS FROM THE SENTENCES

Paragraph one:

Paragraph two:

Paragraph three:

For much more of these types of posts, please check out my new book Writing with Stardust by clicking the book title.

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