Grade 5/6 Learning Intention: Use similes with descriptive language to make writing more interesting (A series of writing lessons with Ms Palahicky, Curriculum Support Teacher)
With each lesson, we reviewed writing skills that we should now be incorporating into our writing. With lots of practice, students do their very best to remember to include writing traits that have already been introduced throughout the year. This includes a self-assessment and sometimes peer assessment for the following traits: organization (choosing the right lead and including an ending), word choice, sentence fluency (varying the length and structure of sentences), and the conventions of writing.
Ms Palahicky, our curriculum support teacher, came into our classroom to share a series of lessons. The first lesson included reading literature that makes thinking about similes a lot of fun. She read “My Dog is as Smelly as Dirty Socks,” which was written by Hanoch Piven and “Crazy Like a Fox: A Simile Story,” by Loreen Leedy.
The learning intention for the first lesson was for students to generate a collection of similes that described themselves in the areas of physical appearance, personality and things that the students are good at. Students then began a rough draft of a descriptive write about themselves. Engagement was high as students knew that the final goal was to challenge classmates in uncovering who the person was by both this piece of writing and a self-portrait. Ms Palahicky and Ms Clayton were challenged by the process as names were kept off the front of the writing and portraits were discretely drawn in private locations in the classroom.
We invite you to take a look at our slide presentation of our gallery walk which was much anticipated by students from Division 2.
Simile Write – Gallery Walk on PhotoPeach
Leedy, Loreen. (2008). Crazy like a fox: A simile story. New York: Holiday House.
Piven, Hanoch. (2007). My dog is as smelly as dirty socks. New York: Schwartz & Wade.