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Welcome, Young Writers!

The Memory Game for Kids

brainstorming three sensory details about a personal memory
before writing about it


An elephant never forgets? How's your memory today?


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Hey teachers! What published work would you use to teach younger writers to carefully choose high-qulaity sensory details before they do their actual writing? Click here to tell us the name of the mentor text, to share a brief description of the text, and to explain how you'd use the book to inspire better writing from your students. If we feature your idea at this page, you'll earn a resource for your classroom!

I build some background/schema with texts and experiences as much as possible. My first grade group was having difficulties with "descriptive writing. I read Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert as a anchor text; then we took a sensory walk outside. As we walked,   I encouraged the children to  listen to the wind rustling in the trees and the noises our feet made as we walked, feel the cool wind on our faces and observe the many colors of the leaves. We returned to the classroom, re-read portions of the text,brain-stormed ideas using descriptive, sensory words from our walk and wrote! Once they started thinking about how a leaf sounds blowing through the air or how "fall smells," their writings turned into a sensory explosion!

--Jenny E. McGurk, South Carolina teacher

(Jenny chose a Going Deep with Compare and Contrast Thinking as her gift for sharing this blurb.)

I love to use all of Patricia MacLachlan's books when I am helping students explore powerful sensory details. Her All the Places to Love is one of the sweetest memoirs ever written, and its a marvelous book to share and show what strong sensory details sound like in writing. It's always useful to make a five-column chart before you read the book--one column for each sense--and to have the students listen for words and phrases in the text that help the reader feel the same sensations as the author.

--Corbett Harrison, Nevada teacher


Ideas for Teachers from Teachers
How do you teach young writers to carefully select sensory details to include in a piece of personal writing?

Hey teachers: What mini-lessons/pre-writing activities would you present to teach younger writers to carefully pre-write for a short piece of expository text, like the ideas for topics from the button-pressing machine above? Click here to briefly share a technique you use to strengthen your students' pre-writing for expository assignments. The models below are models of the kind of good ideas we're hoping teachers will share with us.
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