Thursday, February 9, 2012

Writing Workshop Painting Word Pictures

In writing this week, the mini-lesson focused on Painting Word Pictures.  We talked about how writers  use words to help readers visualize what is happening in the text. I told the group we would be writing a poem about winter. 

We started the lessons by pretending to be outside on the playground making images in our minds. I encouraged students to use their five senses. We shared with a partner and the large group too.

 I Knew It Was Winter

The students came to the rug, and we brainstormed
noun to go with the number word 
On different days, we went back and took a picture in our mind of what the snowballs were doing? We also added a "when," "where" or "how."

This mini-lesson came from the book Marvelous Minilessons for Teaching Beginning Writers by Lori Jamison Rog. 

 I  modified her lesson to make it work for my class. I strongly recommend her book. My primary focus was to get the students thinking about words that paint pictures. I think this would be a great lesson during Halloween time or for each month in your classroom. My students loved reading the final piece, and  that is why we made it into a little book.  

You can see below, we made a Valentine one too!


 A few days later, we took the same poem and created a Valentine version. We followed the same steps as before, except this time; we are inserting adjectives and other descriptors in different parts. You can see the times we went back and added with different colors

On Monday, I saw one Valentine Fairy with sparkling wings 
in the air shooting Cupid arrows. 


  1. Again, I love all your the writing your little ones do!


  2. At the bottom of the post under the "Resources" heading
    I listed that the sofas were from Plush Sofas (an Australian chain store).
    Our living room is really tiny (it looks bigger in the photos!) so they are compact little two seaters.
    We got them as floor stock so they were a great price.

    Pictures to paintings
    photos to paintings
    photo to painting
    picture to painting
    painting from photo


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