February 13, 2012
It was a last-minute add-on to a lesson and was a teensy bit inspired by Valentine’s Day. I just love Valentine’s Day in elementary school!!
Anyhow, we are in the beginning stages of our Memoir unit in Writer’s Workshop so we’ll be reading lots of memoirs in Reader’s Workshop.
We read the story together on the document camera, pointing out descriptive language we noticed (I focused on descriptive language, rather than just descriptive words because there are so many wonderful phrases…and we’ll be working with similes and metaphors next).
After we read the story, the students buddied up to highlight descriptive language found in printed excerpts of the text and then shared out.
Then I used the Descriptive Language We Love as a sheet for the students to collect their favorite words and phrases from the story. Some of their favorites from Owl Moon included how the trees “stood still as giant statues” and how the snow was “as white as the milk in a cereal bowl”. They did really well with this lesson!
The students are keeping this sheet in their Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop Binders and I will be encouraging them to collect more words and phrases as we continue our work with other mentor texts.
I hope this is something a few of you might be able to use in your class. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a happy Valentine’s Day tomorrow with your classes. Are you have a party in your class? We’ll be having ours (late) tomorrow afternoon!