Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Descriptive Writing

Sky Class has been reading and discussing books by the author Cynthia Rylant for our author study this year. In my language group we have been studying her books for examples of descriptions that bring her stories to life. The students have been working on using such descriptive techniques in their own writing. In her Night in the Country we noticed how she described the sounds as well as the sights of the country.

Today those who wished to share were given a chance to share descriptive words they have added to their writing. Emma called up the "taste" of a loose tooth, "In my mouth it tastes like metal." Charlie has worked to use descriptive words when he uses dialogue, using "muttered" and "yelled" rather than said. Stiles described a soccer move as "like a rainbow." Livy chose to say she "jumped into the saddle" rather than got in the saddle. Yasmin described how a jumping horse sticks its front and back feet out.