A Descriptive Writing Experience

Grade 7 / ELA / Writing

Common Core State Standards


English Language Arts


Writing Standards 6-12


7th Grade


With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on how well purpose and audience have been addressed. (Editing for conventions should demonstrate command of Language standards 1-3 up to and including grade 7 on page 52.)

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7 minutes


Use sensory details to improve narrative writing

Questions to Consider

  • What can you learn from Mr. Allen's approach to teaching his students to show rather than tell in their writing?
  • How do students' Oreo cookie descriptions change after they eat the cookies?
  • How does the teacher encourage students to apply their learning from this lesson to their narrative writing?

Common Core Standards


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  • Instructional Plan.PDF

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  • Handout: Oreo Anecdote Task.PDF

  • Handout: Oreo Entry Task.PDF

  • Teacher Commentary.PDF

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