Friday, October 14, 2011

Descriptive "Dream House" Essays

Students practiced their descriptive writing skills by describing their "dream house" using imagery, similes, metaphors, onomatopoeia, personification, and more!  Students began brainstorming on a PDF form, which they typed their notes into to organize their essays.  Then, students typed away on their netbooks using the best detail, figures and speech, sentence variety, etc. to help the reader visualize their dream house.  Students encouraged each other with detail, some even exceeding 1,000 words!  Hooray writers!  Those who finished enjoyed creating picture collages of their dream house or creating an online floor plan using the web site:  http://www.homestyler.com/.  Miss Lukins "monitored" their writing use "DYKNOW Monitor" (classroom management software) and wrote encouraging messages to students on their screens (see last two photos).  See creative imaginations transformed into writing and artwork in the photos below!  


Brainstorming their essay:
Students use their brainstorms to type their essays:
Friendly competition for the most detail:

Designing online floor plans of their dream houses:
3D models too...





Teacher using DYKNOW software to read and send messages to students about their writing:
"Great detail, Madison!"

Students post their "Dream House" brainstorm, essay, and collage/floor plans on ThinkQuest.org for their classmates to read:





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