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Describe That Face: An Interactive Writing Game

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Grades 6 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Four 60-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Loraine Woodard

Loraine Woodard

Berkeley, California


International Literacy Association



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Students try their hand at creative descriptions of characters, learn new vocabulary words that allow for more precise descriptions, and practice using simile and metaphor. After analyzing sample character descriptions, students choose a picture (from a print or online source) and write a vivid description of its subject. Students engage in peer editing, rewrite their descriptions, and post them on the classroom walls for a matching game. Students read one another's paragraphs, make note of favorite descriptive words and comparisons, and find a matching set (description and picture) to share with the class.

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Peer Edit With Perfection! Tutorial: Familiarize your students with peer editing using this engaging PowerPoint presentation.


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Fox, M. (2000). Radical surgery in the writing curriculum: Replacing the meaningless with the meaningful. Reading Online, 5. Available: http://www.readingonline.org/international/inter_index.asp?HREF=fox/index.html

  • Before students begin writing, they should know whom they are writing for, and respect their readers or listeners enough to make an effort to write well. They need to have a real audience.

  • Real writers take time to draft and redraft according to the importance of their audience.

  • "Writers need time: time to think, time to rip it all up and start again, time to get it as right as possible for the reader, who's as important as possible."

  • "[R]eal literacy only happens in a community of one sort or another, when people need to connect for one reason or another."  Creating community in the classroom encourages students to produce writing that is "genuine and urgent and meaningful and correct."


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