Visual Senses for use as a Writing Strategy

by Lori

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.

Click here to post comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Ideas for Teachers.

Follow Me on Pinterest
Custom Search
Article of the Day

Daily Grammar Lesson

Idiom of the Day

born in the purple

Born into royalty. Purple is a color traditionally associated with royalty.

This Day in History

Today's Birthday

Today's Holiday

Hola Mohalla

Hola Mohalla is a three-day Sikh festival celebrated in Anandpur Sahib, Punjab, India, on the day after Holi, the colorful water-tossing springtime festival. Mock battles with ancient weapons are staged, and there are also exhibitions of traditional martial arts like archery and fencing. The important Sikh prophet, Guru Gobind Singh, started this fair sometime between 1680 and 1700. More...

Quote of the Day
For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.
Rudyard Kipling

Word Trivia

Today's topic: stalk

stipe - A stalk or stem of a seaweed, fungus, or fern frond. More...

cranberry - First crane berry, so named because the plant grows on a stalk that looks like a crane's neck. More...

spire - In Old English, it meant "stalk" or "stem." More...

stalk - In a car, the flexible arm holding the mounting by which a seatbelt is secured. More...

Grammar Quiz

Spelling Bee
difficulty level:
score: -
please wait...
spell the word: