Good writers can create a picture in their readers’ minds.
They can do this by:
- using interesting vocabulary
- elaborating on details
- showing, rather than telling, some of the details
- describing all five senses (what can be seen, heard, tasted, felt and smelt)
- using lots of adjectives (describing words)
- using metaphors or similes to compare two things
- using synonyms (words with similar meanings) to make interesting word choices.
During our writing sessions last week, students wrote entries in their Writer’s Notebooks. Our lessons included:
- Writing “free choice” entries from the Ideas Page in the Writer’s Notebooks
- Using sensory details in writing
- Writing from a photo
- Using the “show me, don’t tell me” technique to enhance writing.
We also linked our reading and writing lessons. Our reading strategy was, “Tune into interesting words”. We focussed on expanding our vocabulary and discussed how identifying interesting vocabulary in our reading means we can use those words in our writing.
Below are a few examples of the students’ entries from last week. Enjoy!
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