Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Paint a Picture With Words!

Good morning! I looked out into my backyard today and found a slighlty new blanket of snow. It looked like icing on a carrot cake! Did that paint a picture for you?

When I write, I try to paint a picture with my words. I could have said, "It snowed last night." You would have known what the weather was like, but not how the ground looked.

Remember to paint pictures with your words as you talk and write. If you're a teacher, ask your students to paint pictures...tell them that their pencils are paintbrushes! Start by saying a few telling sentences outloud. Then put your imaginations to work. Paint glorious pictures with language.

EXAMPLE: Sally cried. (telling sentence)
Tears fell down Sally's face like a river flowing to the ocean. (Art at work!)

Have fun with telling sentences. Kids love to play with words! What a great way to start any morning.

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Christine said...

Hey Aunt Jan!

I do a variation on this activity with my 5th graders, but we add a 'game-like' twist to it.

I have each of the students "paint" a picture, literally drawing out a scene that they'd like to draw/color/etc... Then we attach a piece of blank looseleaf to the back side and pass them 'round robin' in the classroom. Each student writes a three to five sentence descriptive paragraph about what is happening in the picture, then covers their writing by folding the paper up. As the page shortens, it fills with great descriptive sentences and paragraphs.

The students don't know whose 'painting' they're describing so they are often very creative.

Hope you and Uncle Chuck are well!!

Sandy said...

Love this picture of the snow you painted with your words, can you paint one where it melts and gets warm again? lol. Silly I know, I love looking at the snow, it's pretty but...


Jan Mader said...

Hey you two! I love your idea, Chrissy. I think I'll give it a try on Monday morning with Heather's class.

As for you, SIL, how about: The warm sun baked the earth until the crust of frosting was no more! LOL

Sandy said...

You've got to, absolutely got to come to The Bridge and feast your eyes!

Thanks for the warm sun

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