Teach your students how to add vivid imagery to their writing with our Expanding Sentences Lesson Plan. Students will be able to incorporate adjectives and adverbs (describing words) to lengthen and liven their sentences, which improve their written expression. This lesson focuses on developing the ability to write sentences that can be easily visualized by the reader.
Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction
- Display 2 simple sentences: The boy has a dog. The bird sings.
- Ask students if they can imagine the boy, dog, or cat in their mind. Can they hear the boy, dog, or bird? Describe them. Ask different students for their responses. Most should be different.
- Ask students: Is there a better way to write the sentences so others can imagine it in their minds?
- Allow for responses and discussion. Introduce expanding sentences.
- Distribute Expanding Sentences content pages. Display other examples of sentence expansion as necessary. Read and review the information with the students. Save the final question for the lesson closing. Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
- Distribute Activity pages. Read and review the instructions. Pair students. Distribute scissors. Give students sufficient time to create simple sentences, then expand the sentences using “describing” words, adjectives, and adverbs.
- Students must write the “before” and “after” sentences. Each pair of students may create more than 10 sentences. Encourage creativity. Circulate through the room to check for understanding. (One set or two sets of words may be used by each pair of students.)
- Following completion, allow students to share their new sentences with the class, or with other pairs of students. (Answers will vary.)
- Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.
- Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses.
- In closing, ask: How can you expand this sentence about yourself: “I am (your name)?”
- Distribute scratch paper and allow students to share their expanded sentence or sentences about themselves.
Common Core State Standards: None for Grade 1 CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.2.1.F CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.3.1.I
Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions.
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