Moments like a special vacation or birthday party can offer great opportunities for descriptive writing. In the “Descriptive Writing with Virginia Hamilton” activity (grades 4–12), students have the unique opportunity to learn from one of America's most honored writers of children’s books. Newberry Medal-winning author Virginia Hamilton provides students with sample writings, tips, strategies, and challenges to help them develop their own descriptive writing.
The four-step workshop includes:
The author shares entries from a journal she kept during a two-week trip to South Africa, for students to use as a model.
Virginia Hamilton offers eight writing tips, including: write a little each day, try to write at the same time every day, carry a notebook with you at all times, and write simply.
These exercises sharpen students’ powers of observation, and help them focus on details and understand themselves through their writing.
Once students have completed their final drafts, they can submit their final products to Scholastic.com for publishing!
For more inspiration, students can browse and read other students’ Descriptive Writings.
In the course of participating in the "Descriptive Writing with Virginia Hamilton" activity, students will:
- Follow the writing process to create original writing.
- Use web technology to post original writing online.
- Understand how to review and revise their own writing.
- Learn to think critically and objectively about their reading.
- Learn to review and revise their own writing.
- Produce written work to show evidence of knowledge of the different genres.