Paint with Your Words -

Paint with Your Words

Length:  8 weeks
Content-type: Text-based
Age/Grade: 6th – 9th Grades
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How to Use This Course

Paint with Your Words teaches students how to convert passive writing into active writing. In this mini-unit, students will learn what passive writing is, how active writing is different, how to incorporate the five senses into their writing, how to choose strong words, and how to weave figurative language into what they write.

Course Introduction

Using words instead of paint and a brush, your writing will come alive in bursts of color and texture as you learn to create a picture in the reader’s mind.

This self-guided unit covers the basics of descriptive writing and how to put into words what you see in your mind so the reader can see it too. When you have finished this unit, you should understand how to paint a picture with your words so the reader can understand what you see. Painting a picture with your words takes practice, but the more you use these techniques, the easier and more natural it will be to write this way all the time.

  • Lesson One: P.A.I.N.T. With Your Words
  • Lesson Two: Passive vs Active Writing
  • Lesson Three: Show, Don’t Tell
  • Lesson Four: Identify the Five Senses & Color Your Writing
  • Lesson Five: Nouns, Verbs, and Adjectives. Oh My!
  • Lesson Six: Tell a Tale with Figurative Language
  • Lesson Seven: P.A.I.N.T. a Poem: Haiku
  • Lesson Eight: Cinquain (Sin-Kane)

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