Where have you gone this past week? Make a list. You can include real, imagined, or read-about places. Choose one you would like to describe.
Brainstorm a list of sensory details for this location. Include, if you can, all five senses: sight, hearing, smell, touch, and taste. (I confess, I find taste is one of the hardest senses to include unless a character is eating or there is food lying about–in the setting. However, give it a shot. Sometimes what is smelled can also be imagined tasted.)
Now, write a description of this setting. You may place yourself in it or a character, but write about it with a distinct point of view.
When you are done, share your writing with your writing partners. Compliment the vivid imagery in each others’ writing. Share your work as comment. I’d love to do a little armchair traveling!
If your family has gone somewhere special this past week, this would be a great activity for capturing and preserving your memories. Remember to save your description in your book of family memories.
If you are working with a pre-reader/writer, discuss with your child a place you have been together. Write or depict the five senses across the top of a piece of paper and work with your child to help her think of details about the place that could fit with each category. Then ask him to describe the place and write down what he says. When you are done, read back what your child has said, pointing to the words as you say them to reinforce the one to one correspondence between written and spoke word. Attach a photo or postcard of the place and post it somewhere family members can see and enjoy it.