Introduce elaborative detail to the class, emphasizing sensory detail. Try tying this writing technique to a topic your students are currently studying. For example, if you’re studying habitats, point out that students can use this skill to describe their chosen habitats in their science reports.
Model how you ask yourself questions about an outdoor scene in order to conjure the sensory details you need to write a description that captures the scene in writing, and encourage students to jump in and contribute ideas. Prepare a chart on which to record your and the class’s responses; see the graphic organizer in this worksheet for an example. Think aloud about your autumn scene, asking yourself what autumn looks like, smells like, feels like, tastes like, and sounds like. It’s helpful to have a picture (or pictures!) of an autumn scene to help inspire you and your students.
This scene writing worksheet was kindly provided by Scholastic and is also available for free download from their website.