World Lit: Author’s Stylebook: Description

Standard: ELAGSE9-10W3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.

Learning Target: I can identify and evaluate the author’s use of sensory details and figurative language.

Opening Session: I want to read a personal narrative I wrote when I was in college 🙂

Work Session: Flip in your Springboards to page 138 and look at the story “If You Are What You Eat, Then What Am I?”. Today we will be reading this short essay and considering sensory details in our own writing, so you can also get out the childhood narrative we’ve been working on for the past couple days 🙂

I’ll take a volunteer to read the essay aloud (just one, it’s short) and then I want you guys to do the sensory detail chart on page 140. We will go over it together. Next, I want you to take about fifteen minutes with your childhood narrative and add in some of these sensory details. Consider smells, textures, and figurative language to make your writing come alive, such as the description of tuna as “pink and shiny, like an internal organ.” Consider adding to your narrative to make it connect to a larger story, like how the author uses tuna to demonstrate how little both he and his mother understand about the world.

Finally, I want you to make your own sensory detail chart, and fill it out for your own story.

Closing Session: Anyone got a sensory detail they’re particularly proud of? Share out!

Assessment: Informal (book check)

Differentiation: Process (scaffolding)

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