Writing for some students can be an arduous task which is why I try to find topics that pique my students’ interest. For this descriptive writing lesson, I started by showing many colorful photographs of peacocks. Our writing targets were colors, sensory details, and similes. The children then had to brainstorm as many descriptive details they could observe from the peacock photographs. They then had the task to create a cohesive paragraph which included the aforementioned writing targets.
After editing and revision, the students get to publish their work. I designed their “publishing sheet” to have a box at the top so they could draw their peacocks and then lines on the bottom half to write their paragraph. I found a great peacock print fabric and then used a bright blue border. Construction paper can be used to frame the publishing sheets. To add more pizazz, you could also attach some real peacock feathers around the border.