Thursday, September 15, 2016

Vocabulary Quizzing and Writing with Imagery

Flocabulary Vocabulary Quiz  You've learned, practiced, and studied your vocabulary words over the past two weeks. Now it's time to show me what you've learned! You can find your Vocabulary Quiz below. Good luck! 

What is Imagery?  Words that appeal to readers' senses are referred to as imagery. Writers usually try to describe places, characters, and events in ways that help readers imagine how they look, feel, smell, sound, and taste. 

As writers we use imagery to help create mental pictures in the minds of our readers. We want to show our readers what is happening, as opposed to just telling them. 

Descriptive Writing Resources  To be successful writers, students need tools and resources. Featured below are word lists that you can reference to help make your writing more descriptive and interesting. In addition, consider using an online thesaurus in order to find a more descriptive word for your story.  

Writing: The 100 Word Challenge  We will now continue working on 'the 100 Word Challenge' stories we started earlier this week. But today our focus is on making our writing more descriptive and interesting. Look over your writing. Is there a way you could describe something that would better allow the reader to visualize what is taking place? Is there a more precise verb you could use? Are there sensory details that you could include, which might better appeal to your readers' five senses? 

We've also arrived at the point where some of you may need to consider revising and even cutting parts of your narrative. This week you only have a total of 100 words to tell your story. Word choice becomes very important. Use your words sparingly. Make sure the words you choose make an impact, are important and necessary to the story, and help your reader visualize what is happening. Additionally, avoid repetition. If you've written a similar idea once, there is no need to say it again. Be concise and precise!  

You can still find the assignment 100 Word Challenge: Roald Dahl Inspired Story in your Language Arts Google Classroom. Let's start writing! Please have a close to publishable final draft ready by tomorrow, Friday, September 16. Tomorrow we publish our stories to our Kidblogs, as well as to the 100 Word Challenge website!

Homework  (1.) Read for at least 30 minutes at home each school night. (2.) Complete our 100 Word Challenge: Roald Dahl Inspired Story, which is due tomorrow, Friday, September 16(3.) Time to order books as part of this week's Scholastic Book Order is running out. Get your order in by Friday

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