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Comparing & Contrasting
To Imitate
Two Nature Writers

creating a "showing" description
about a natural object or place

Student Writer Instructions:

Today you will be writing a description about an object or place in nature.  You will be using powerful descriptive words and you will use sentences of different lengths and with different beginnings.  You will be writing as if your reader has never seen the object or place you are describing, and you will see if a classmate can visualize your object or place based on your word choices.

To help you develop your own style in writing, you will begin the writing process by imitating the style of a publihsed author or two you will study with your class.

Step #1:  Choose several objects or places in nature that you know about.   If you are having a hard time deciding on places or objects, click on the button below for some ideas.

Step #2:  Create a page in your writer's notebook that has you write one or two showing sentences about each of your objects or places. To write these sentences, imitate the style and/or sentence structure of an author or two your teacher has asked you to study. Decorate your writer's notebook page to help you decide which one object or place you will develop into a longer piece of writing.

Step #3:  After you have chosen just one object or place, use the graphic organizer your teacher gives you to brainstorm word choices you might use in your longer paragraph. Use your finished graphic organizer to write a rough draft description with multiple sentences.  Use the sentence fluency checklist to begin thinking of ways to improve the way your sentences flow.

Step #4:  A few days later, write your paragraph a second time, improving both your word choice and sentence fluency.  Check your spelling and punctuation as you write the new draft.  Ask your teacher for help, if you find an edit you're not sure about.

Step #5:  When you have completed your second draft, find a partner.  One of you will read your paragraph, and one of you will listen.  When each reader is done, the listener will draw a picture from what he/she has heard.  Next the listener will become the reader and the reader will become the listener.  When the reader is done, the listener will draw a picture.  Look closely at each other's pictures, and revise your paragraph one more time for word choice.

Step #6:  Staple the picture the listener drew from your reading and turn both in to your teacher.


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What will you "show" from nature?


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