Descriptive Writing (4-6)


The lesson further assists students with the skills needed for descriptive writing.  Most students have been writing descriptively since they began school.  This lesson builds upon those other writing lessons, and will help students develop additional descriptive writing skills.  Unfortunately, with texting and other shortcuts students often take while writing, descriptions lack substance and are ineffective for the readers of their writing.

Descriptive Writing (4-6) Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Descriptive Writing (4-6)
  • Hands-on homework activities giving students practice on Descriptive Writing (4-6)
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 4-6 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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The lesson further assists students with skills needed for descriptive writing. The introduction to the lesson reminds students there are four different types of writing. Then the four main characteristics of descriptive writing are discussed at length. Emphasis is placed on descriptions that use all five senses. The lesson may be used in conjunction with other lessons related to writing.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction: 

  1. Display an apple, banana, or another piece of fruit or object. Ask students to use a single sentence to describe the piece of fruit or object.
  2. Allow for responses. List some of the sentences.  Ask students if they could expand on the description.  Ask:  How would you describe it to someone who has never seen it before?
  3. Allow for further responses and discussion. Ask students why it is necessary to give detailed descriptions.
  4. Allow for responses and discussion. Introduce Descriptive Writing (4-6) to the class.
  5. Distribute Descriptive Writing (4-6) content pages. Read and review the information with the students.  Save the final question for the lesson closing.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  6. Distribute Activity page. Read and review the instructions.  Encourage students to use their imagination for the paragraph related to the imaginary object, which can be anything they “see in their mind”, and it may include a background image and other details.  Allow sufficient time for the final copy of the paragraphs to be completed.
  7. Once completed, students exchange them with another student and then draw the object using the provided drawing paper. Students them meet and discuss the accuracy of the drawings and other details.
  8. Ask student volunteers to read aloud the paragraphs. (Other students may draw the images.)
  9. Distribute Practice page. Review the students’ responses as they read them aloud.
  10. Distribute the Homework page. The next day, students read their essays aloud.

Common Core State Standards: 


Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions

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Grade Level

4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade


Language Arts

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Descriptive Writing

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