Review: Descriptive Writing Paragraph Starters on Teachers
The Descriptive Writing Paragraph Starters packet is a free
download available on Teachers Pay Teachers. The packet teaches one method of
guiding students through a descriptive writing assignment using a five-sentence
paragraph. Detailed descriptive writing is a creative writing skill that evades
many students, and this guide offers two different structures to approach any
In addition to the two structured guides for the descriptive
writing assignment, the packet contains a few examples that would be very
helpful to share with students who are new to the activity. The examples show
the intent of the instructions, making them more helpful, especially for young
writers who are unfamiliar with this style of creative writing (or who tend to
need or prefer a lot of guidance).
An additional benefit to this particular download is that
the structure it provides is effective at teaching the skill but “open" enough
that teachers could easily come up with their own version of the paragraph
prompts, tailoring the assignment to their particular class’s needs, interests,
or other units of study. While the packet provides handouts that would do just
fine as photocopied assignment sheets, the assignment itself doesn’t rely on
these exact sheets.
Descriptive writing is one of many important skills for any
successful writer, and it’s one that students will need to do well in school
and beyond. And because it’s such an important skill, teachers who find
descriptive writing in their curricula may be well served by including this
paragraph starter packet in the teaching tools they consider.
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