Descriptive Language We Love {printable}

February 13, 2012

Descriptive Language We Love {printable}

February 13, 2012
Hey there lovely bloggy friends! I wanted to share a little document I whipped up today on my planning period…

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.

Today we read Owl Moon, by Jane Yolen (I LOVE this story). We focused on the descriptive language in the story, since a huge part of our Writer’s Workshop focusing on “showing, rather than telling”.

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!

Descriptive Language We Love


  • Kristin February 13, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    This is very cute (of course!). 🙂 🙂 🙂 Thanks for sharing!
    We had our party on Friday. Off today. Tomorrow will be normal. I kind of like that.
    A Teeny Tiny Teacher

  • Kelley Cirrito February 14, 2012 at 12:07 am

    Omg Kristen!! We are on the same lesson! I was totally planning on reading that book tomorrow during Writers Workshop! I am super excited to use your idea! Thanks a bunch for sharing and I hope you had a good day!

  • Clutter-Free Classroom February 14, 2012 at 12:58 am

    I love the frame on your printable. We used Owl Moon as a mentor text a few months ago. Some of my littles actually went owling at the Ipswich Wildlife because of it. So cool.

    No real parties for us. I was out today so I'll have to teach double time tomorrow. Although I was able to score an awesome sub so perhaps they covered everything today. Happy Valentine's Day.

    ❤Jodi from…
    ★★The Clutter-Free Classroom★★
    Helping Teachers Get Organized

  • Kelley Cirrito February 14, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    I am currently using Lucy Calkin's Writers workshop. I just started using it after winter break because I was not happy with my current writing program. Several teachers in the building are starting to show interest so we shall see. The main problem I have is fitting in the time during my reading block.

  • Kim February 15, 2012 at 1:13 am

    Hello, Sweet Kristen:
    It is always a happy moment when I see that little green square in the "Comments" section on my blog!
    I scheduled my Valentine card exchange fifteen minutes before the end of the day and they were jumping, leaping, and rolling out the door TEN minutes later.
    (Good thing I didn't let them do it any earlier!)
    I only had one "I love you madly" exchange (flowers, and a rose, AND candy!)… where do these sixth graders get the money?!

    Sending you a Valentine CyberHug. Thank you for being my BloggyBuddy!

    Finding JOY in 6th Grade

  • Elizabeth February 15, 2012 at 1:37 am

    Kristen! This is awesome! I've been focusing on voice in their writing {Do you use 6 + 1 Traits?} and this is going to be very helpful.

    We didn't have a "party" but the whole day was CRAZY. I guess you could say the whole day was a party because I feel like I totally wasted a day.

    Fun in Room 4B

  • Stephanie Handy February 18, 2012 at 4:21 am

    Hi! I'm new at teaching and even newer to the blogging world thing and your blog has helped me a lot! your ideas are amazing! thank you for sharing! <3

  • A Teacher's Treasure February 18, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    This is super! Thanks for sharing Kristen!

    Hope you had a great Valentine!

    ❤ Mor Zrihen from…
    A Teacher's Treasure
    Teaching Treasures Shop

  • Ms. Patterson February 23, 2012 at 4:33 am

    Hi I have a quick question. I just added the pin it button to the end of all my post and it has a funny white box behind it and it is really small is there any way that I can change this?

    Ms. Patterson
    Pocket Full of Kinders

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