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"Paint a picture on your reader's mind" is an interesting instruction for young writers. Maybe a little abstract for them, especially if you don't demonstrate what that looks like with supportive lessons and models. How do you solidify this abstract idea in young writer's mind?
Our Crazy Animal Game for Kids Word Prompt and our Setting Game for Kids Word Prompt are both really popular at WritingFix, especially with the little guys. We're trying to improve the prompt by adding teacher-submitted ideas for teaching great detail selection that teachers can use before students work on a draft inspired by the word games we've featured.
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I play a riddle game with the children. I set photos from a calendar on the ledge at the front of the class. Each student picks one of the photos to write about [by looking and without anyone else knowing what they chose]. If the class can guess which photo they chose when they read it aloud later, the writer wins. For example, one student might choose the photo of the squirrel and they may write: I am a soft furry animal that likes to scurry around. I make chattery noises when I'm upset. etc...ending with Who am I? We also set critera before we begin writing such as how many details a good writing piece would have for this activity-along with the piece having capitals and periods. We fold the paper in half and they draw the picture of the animal they chose on the inside.