This is an exercise that I did with my class to talk about style and learn more about writing effective descriptions.
First, I split the class up into groups and gave each group a paragraph to work with from one of the essays we had recently read and discussed.
They had to look closely at these paragraphs, talk about how they were written and techniques the writer was using, then write directions for someone to be able to copy the style of the paragraph. They had some great observations which led to a large group discussion about word choice, connotations, and mood.
For part 2, I compiled a list of directions from the sets of directions the students had written in small group.
They are now applying these directions (choosing which are most relevant depending on what is appropriate to each of their papers) in the revision of their narrative essays.
LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW IF YOU TAUGHT THIS LESSON IN YOUR CLASSROOM. HOW DID IT GO? WOULD YOU DO IT AGAIN? DID YOU MAKE ANY MODIFICATIONS?