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ERIC Number: ED482395
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Apr-22
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
Powerful Writing: Description in Creating Monster Trading Cards.
Kimbro, Michelle
Description can make a piece of writing come alive. This lesson plan combines art and word play, emphasizing writing for an audience while drawing on multiple intelligences. Peer review and feedback reinforces the revision process as students create trading cards by drawing pictures of monsters and describing and categorizing them in detail. During two 50-minute sessions, grade 3 to 5 students will: self-edit to see what kind of details they currently use in writing and revise for clarity and creativity; give feedback to their peers on use of descriptive language; improve the amount and quality of description in their writing based on feedback from their peers; and make the connection between graphical elements and use of details in writing. The instructional plan, lists of resources, student assessment/reflection activities, and a list of National Council of Teachers of English/International Reading Association (NCTE/IRA) Standards addressed in the lesson are included. A monster trading card template; a rubric for monster trading cards; and a monster trading card example are attached. (PM)
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Students; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: MarcoPolo Education Foundation.; National Council of Teachers of English, Urbana, IL.; International Reading Association, Newark, DE.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A