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Creative writing setting lesson plan

Utilizing Visual Images for Creating and Conveying Setting in Written Text

Setting is an essential element of literature for both readers and writers. The aim of this lesson is to help young writers effectively communicate the concept of setting in narrative writing to their readers through the use of visual image prompts (photographs). The students are first asked to describe the setting of their photograph. Then, through the process of sharing, attempting to replicate the images through drawing after hearing their partner’s description, and conferencing with a partner, students decide if their word choice, literal and inferential descriptions, and details accurately conveyed the setting to their audience. This lesson is meant to be an introduction to setting, which could be followed up with more intensive instruction through a literature unit or writing assignment.

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Doodle Splash Student Interactive: Students use this interactive to recreate a preexisting image.

From Theory to Practice

Our students live in a world where information comes to them in visual and auditory form much more frequently than in written form. Thus it is not surprising to see evidence that they sometimes have difficulty making the connection, via imagination, between written word and the experience that it represents. Students have difficulty telling about or drawing accurate pictures of the setting of stories they have read. They have even more difficulty creating their own description without lapsing into fuzzy abstractions and clich├ęs. Photographs can become subject matter for talking about and writing as well as exemplars for writing. This lesson allows students to explore setting through photography and explain their reasoning and connections.

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Creative Writing – Describing Setting – 5 senses

I work as part of a dedicated team of professionals within a department who strive to deliver highly engaging and informative English lessons day in, day out. As adults, we are constantly looking back on school as the best days of our lives and I make it my mission to ensure that every students’ experience is as good as it can possibly be. My aim is to ease the ever burdening work-load that teachers currently have to face, equipping them with outstanding resources that are ready to go!

22 February 2018

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Descriptive writing lesson which focuses on using the 5 senses to describe images.

Prompts use of metaphor, similes and personification.

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anaxagorasofclazomenae

Great image prompts and a good exemplar text too. Thank you!

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ravendawn71

Very useful and helpful thanks.

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Excellent resource- Thanks so much!

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22 February 2018

I work as part of a dedicated team of professionals within a department who strive to deliver highly engaging and informative English lessons day in, day out. As adults, we are constantly looking back on school as the best days of our lives and I make it my mission to ensure that every students’ experience is as good as it can possibly be. My aim is to ease the ever burdening work-load that teachers currently have to face, equipping them with outstanding resources that are ready to go!