Sunday, March 28, 2010

Writing to Describe: Spatial Order Paragraphs

My students worked on descriptive writing back in November. Writers need a certain self-discipline as they write to describe a picture or scene--they have to freeze a moment in time, writing about what they see instead of what they imagine, writing about what is instead of what happens next.

As I was preparing for a workshop, I assembled all of my classroom documents into one file and uploaded it to TeachersPayTeachers. The unit includes a mentor text lesson, a shared description activity, example paragraphs, a writing checklist, and a peer review form.

If you haven't worked on descriptive writing with your students, it is an ideal kind of writing for spring. It's short, which is wonderful if you are squeezing in lessons around state testing and spring activities. Descriptive writing also has a highly visual and creative component, which keeps kids interested and engaged.

Spatial Order Paragraphs

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