This week we have reviewed all four Houghton Mifflin reading selections from Theme 1: Akiak, Grandfather’s Journey, Finding the Titanic, and By the Shores of Silver Lake. We have also reviewed the writing genres that we learned with these reading selections: Summary, Poetry, Persuasive Writing, and Descriptive Writing.
Our final writing assessment for Theme 1 was to write at least one paragraph, using a writing genre and a reading selection from Theme 1.
Congratulations to Jessie! His descriptive writing submission received the most votes on our online poll. To read the Top 10 descriptive writing selections, click here. To learn more about our descriptive writing assignment, click here. Way to go, Jessie and all our descriptive writing contestants! 🙂 Continue reading to see our PollDaddy poll results. Read the rest of this entry →
In the selection By the Shores of Silver Lake, we learn that Laura’s sister is blind. Laura must “see out loud” for her sister Mary. Laura describes everything that she sees in great detail so that Mary can “see” in her mind’s eye what Laura sees.
A writer can do the same thing for his/her readers. Descriptive writing vividly portrays a person, place, or thing in such a way that the reader can visualize (see in the mind’s eye) the topic and enter into the writer’s experience.
This week, we are working on our first descriptive writing piece about a train ride — much like the train ride that Laura describes in By the Shores of Silver Lake. Check back soon to read our descriptive writing work…
An intact glass pane from the window of Captain Edward J. Smith’s cabin hangs open on the Titanic, which lies two and a half miles (four kilometers) beneath the North Atlantic Ocean. For more photographs of the Titanic, click here.