One of the first things I talk about in my written expression class is the importance of using verbs to show action. We usually begin with describing what a specific animal does so they can make a connection. When we are comfortable, it is time to select a topic to write descriptive words or phrases about. The children can use these words and/or phrases in sentences about the topic. This activity can be used with predicate expanders, verbs and adjectives depending on the objective. The results are wonderful!
When teaching about descriptive words or predicate expanders, often times we will brainstorm vocabulary lists and use vocabulary cue cards or table-top posters. This strategy will help our young writers focus, make choices, and write with confidence and more clarity.
A wonderful way to keep our thoughts in order is to scaffold the writing meaningfully and purposefully, while using pictures along the way. You will be amazed!
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Kim Waltmire - The Art of Visual Writing