Teaching descriptive writing is a craft and in this post I hope to show you how. The PDF document below entitled ‘Teaching descriptive writing’ has a number of grids and exercises for the students to accomplish.
The most important part of descriptive writing teaching is finding the pattern for each different scene. This makes it easy for the student to grasp it and actually engenders creativity. As Ernest Hemingway said: “Prose is architecture, not interior design”. By this he meant that all great writing should have a structure. Nature has a structure. It has colour, sound, sensation, smell and taste (or action/inaction if not). By using the grid system, in this case ‘Describing a beach’, you are showing the students a pattern that will make it easier for them to remember. Because their creativity is rewarded with a points structure, they are also having fun!
There are free lesson plans with this PDF document also. It is from my new book, ‘Blue-Sky Thinking’ and the solutions are from ‘Blue-Sky Thinking: Teachers’ Guide’. I hope you enjoy the post and just click on the blue writing below entitled ‘Teaching Descriptive Writing’ to view it:
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