Visual Senses for use as a Writing Strategy

by Lori
(Iowa)

My resource students were struggling to add detail and expand their use of adjectives when completing a writing prompt during our writing block.

I found pictures of the 5 senses (eyes, ear, nose, mouth, and a hand). I printed these pictures (roughly 4x4), laminated them, added a magnet, and display them on my white board.

As students are writing, they can refer to the visual senses, asking themselves "What might I see?", "How would this item taste?", "How does the object or environment smell?", "How might this feel (texture or emotions)?", and "What am I hearing?". These types of questions help them to picture details with their senses, making the task of expanding their ideas a little easier.

The pictures are a visual strategy, requiring no teacher prompting or explanation.

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