Chasing Vermeer is written using interesting art-specific word choices. Can you challenge your students to imitate Blue Balliett's writing technique.
Three-Sentence Overview of this Lesson:
The writer will compose a descriptive paragraph that focuses on some object moving quickly past a character who is standing still. Like Balliett does in Chasing Vermeer, the writer will use a healthy (both controlled) dose of artistic words, so the written scene comes across as painting-like. The goal is to make writers more aware of the power of using words creatively in writing. Teachers: click here to read the entire lesson plan.
6-Trait Overview for this Lesson:
The focus trait in this writing assignment is word choice; basing word choices on a theme (in this case: artistic words) is a marvelous way to show the power of word choices. The support trait in this assignment is idea development; using interesting and specific details should be the number one goal of the writer.
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