I’m even more excited to share another week of writing tips for you! This week, we will work on adding sensory details to stories. I know you’ve seen a lot of growth with your students’ writing. I really think they will enjoy this week!
This week is my absolute favorite! Sensory details take a story from simple to spectacular just by adding those important descriptive words. The goal with this step is to create a vivid picture in the readers’ heads while reading the story. Of course, this is a great opportunity to show your students examples of writing with sensory details. It leads to a great discussion, even for young writers.
This week, I’m glad to share with you some free resources to help you add those descriptive words to writing. I want to share with you some tips on how to use this map. There are multiple ways to use this based on your needs and time!
First, I use the colored map as a whole group lesson. This is where I pull out my mentor texts and model how well an author uses sensory details. This step might last a few days. I might even put this activity in a literacy center to see who understands.
Next, I model how to add sensory details to our class writing. Again, here is the gradual release approach. I don’t let them go off on their own until I know for sure they are ready.
Multiple Ways to Use the Map
There are multiple ways to use this map. My favorite is to print it, place sticky notes on each square and then run it through the printer again. It’s a fun way for students to write their ideas on.
Another way, for those who are a bit of a hurry, is to continue using sticky notes, but in a modified way . You can see what I did above. I like this trick for when I’m in a hurry or my printer isn’t working. This still provides your students a chance to write on those beloved sticky notes!
The third way to use this map is to laminate it for multiples uses. This saves on paper and allows more freedom to correct mistakes.
No matter how you use this map and planning sheet, your students will love taking their story to the next level with sensory details!
To grab this free resource, click on the link below!
Stay tuned for more ideas and resources that you can use during your Writer’s Workshop. From mini-lessons to anchor charts you can find what you need to help your writers grow.
Week 1- Anecdotal Notes
Week 2- Story Prewriting
Week 3- Story Elements Map
Week 4- Story Progression Map
Week 6- Publishing Rubric and Guide