Description and Summary Practiceshared by ISUComm on August 18, 2014
This activity teaches students how to do an effective summary and description. I bring two examples, both bad and good. I ask students to talk about how I have changed these descriptions to change these two dominant impressions.
“This is a classroom activity. I usually use this activity before a unit designed to teach either summary or description. This activity is a good way to help students develop vocabulary, a vocabulary that will help them be much more conscientious writers. The interactive nature of this activity creates a very energetic beginning to any written unit.”
- Bring both a bad and a good description of a common area (I do my hallway)
- Pass out the handout of my description to all the students
- I start to talk about different issues like “naming” and the “senses”
- Students then write how these two descriptions differ and what mood or dominant impression is created by the different styles.