Step 2: Teach Lesson
Tell the student, today we will be working on descriptive writing using sensory details.
Pass out pictures or postcards to the student. Instruct the student to write a description of the scene.
Have the student share their writing.
Read aloud one of the suggested titles (or a title of your choice) that incorporates the use of strong sensory details.
Have the student listen for phrases that draw on the senses of sight, sound, taste, touch, and hearing.
After finishing the book, chart sensory details on the board
Discuss with the student how using a variety of sensory details improves a piece of writing.
Have the student return to their postcard or picture description and underline examples of sensory details in different
colors. For example, underline sight details in red, and touch details in green.
Discuss which type of details the student focused on and are needing improvement.
Have the student return to the pictures or postcards and write down any additional sensory details.
Have the student revise their descriptive paragraphs by including additional sensory details and vivid language.
Have the student compare the original and final versions of their paragraphs.