Teachers, here is another writing lesson from Dazzle. It is an observational lesson through the senses that can be used anywhere and often. This lesson is for a nighttime observation that you could do for one night, a week, or a month of nights. You can incorporate as many or as few extras into it as you like such as write a poem, a song, or draw a picture or a map. Students love having options and will surprise you with the extra things they came up with themselves and they love to share out loud what they write. You will be surprised and happy with the outcome. If you don’t want to assign the lesson now, save it for a warmer time or when something special is occurring like fazes of the moon, an eclipse, or a holiday. Here is Dazzle’s lesson for you to share with your students.
Dazzle has a funtastic nighttime writing lesson that can be done anytime of the year, but since it’s winter lets give it a try now. Imagine stepping outside your house on a winter night and opening up your senses to everything that is going on around you. This assignment is ALL about your senses here’s what you do.
- Put on your coat, grab paper and pencil, and head outside. If you live in the city are close to a park then ask your parents if they mind if you go there or if they will go with you to the park, otherwise just go outside wherever you live.
- Find a place to stand or sit that is kind of off by yourself, take out paper and pencil, and start describing everything that is going on around you. Note the:
- Sounds your hear – Example: an owl hooting, a big truck going by, someone laughing, the sound of the wind, a dog barking, the crunch of someone walking in the snow etc
- Things you see – The clouds partially covering the moon, how dark it is outside, the shadow of the trees, the blur of a car passing by, etc.
- What you feel – The sting of snow as the wind blows it into your face, the sweat rolling down your back because you have on a very warm coat, cold hands, nervous because you hear a wolf howl, etc.
- What you smell – Dinner cooking, exhaust, clean air, the neighbors barbecue cooking on the grill, etc.
- What you taste – the cold snow as it hits your tongue, the taste of the chocolate cake you had for dinner, the lollipop you are sucking on while you make your observations, etc.
Once you have finished your observations go inside, look at your notes, and start writing your story in your composition book. Now here is where it should be fun! instead of just writing the facts, elaborate and make it interesting and try NOT to say the words I saw, I felt, I smelled, I tasted, I heard, but find more descriptive words to describe the scene and the senses. Example: As I looked up into the dark cold sky, a veil of wispy clouds shrouded the silvery moon. That sounds much better than saying I saw the moon and clouds.
As you write you can add illustrations to go with what your are describing. You could also add a poem or song if you felt inspired to do so. Have fun with your writing!
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