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Descriptive Writing Activities for High School

Instructor: Christopher Muscato

Chris has a master's degree in history and teaches at the University of Northern Colorado.

Descriptive writing is a great skill for high-school students to practice. Use these activities to help your students practice descriptive writing and think about how to use language.

Descriptive Writing

One of the basic rules of compelling writing is: show, don't tell. This means that students will need to be able to master descriptive writing. These activities will give them opportunities to practice using language to create vivid imagery in their writing. These activities can be completed as they are presented, or you can expand on them by adding conditions (i.e. you must use 100 words or less, or you cannot use any conjugations of the verb 'to be').

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