Sensory Details

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SWBAT enhance their narrative writing by incorporating sensory details to convey experiences and events.

Big Idea

Sensory Details immerse the reader into the writing using senses.

Introducing Sensory Details

10 minutes

In the past, students took part in figurative language lessons which addressed Sensory Imagery.  However, today we focused specifically upon sensory details and their effect upon writing to engage the reader into the writer’s experiences.

I used the Sensory Detail Power Point (screens 1 – 4) to review examples previously seen in class.

Practice Writing using Sensory Details

20 minutes

Students then selected a scene (screen 5) to write a quick sensory imagery paragraph.  I stressed the importance of focusing upon not only seeing, but what will a person, smell, hear, feel, or taste in this image.  They were given 10 minutes to complete this quickwrite.

Next students shared their paragraph with a partner.  The partner was to jot down and notice the details that they felt appealed to the senses.  After sharing, together the partners discussed what other imagery could have been included.

Revise Previous Work

15 minutes

Lastly, I asked students to take a previous piece of narrative writing from their writing folders.  They used the rest of the period to improve their original piece by adding sensory details.  They will continuously return to this piece of writing to revise over the next few days.