Have you ever read a book that you couldn’t put down, because the author’s words allowed you to visualize the scenes as if you had a movie going on in your head? These authors are masters of descriptive writing and have learned to paint pictures in their audiences’ minds eye through the use of descriptive and figurative language.
How Can Descriptive Writing Be Taught to Students?
Many teachers instruct their students to “show” their readers the scenes through rich descriptions, instead of just telling the audience what happens. In fact, a common critique that students might hear is, “Show me; don’t tell me!”
Bringing Games Into the Learning Process:
If you follow me or have purchased any of my products, you probably already know that bringing enjoyment and games into lessons is one of my primary goals.
Due to the popularity of Show Don’t Tell Descriptive Writing Game, which many teachers play in classrooms and homeschoolers use to bring joy into teaching descriptive writing, I have now released a new version that teaches students the fundamentals of descriptive, suspense writing. My new game, Show Don’t Tell 2, is a multisensory, downloadable and printable game. The purpose of the game is to help young writers learn how to and practice the skill of “showing” readers with the use of descriptive words and figurative language. This new game also integrates additional types of figurative language, as well as practice with leading words, sensory hints, suspense words, setting the scene and building tension. Instead of “telling a story” players quickly learn how to vividly describe a dramatic scene or scenario while having fun!
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Dr. Erica Warren is the author, illustrator and publisher of multisensory educational materials at Good Sensory Learning and Dyslexia Materials. She is also the director of Learning to Learn, in Ossining, NY. To learn more about her products and services, you can go www.goodsensorylearning.com, www.dyslexiamaterials.com & www.learningtolearn.biz
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