First we talked about the components of settings. We talked about place, time, and environment. Students then described settings on their white boards.
Once we had practiced, I decided to let them describe a gingerbread house based on a picture.
This helped some of my struggling writers get a better sense of what is expected when describing a setting.
After that, we wrote a class description of a gingerbread house. I encouraged them to be creative and step outside of the box a little. Some of these houses were in caves and others underwater!
Finally, the students brainstormed ideas for their own gingerbread house description on a story map.
I let them use spelling helpers too. I like to provide my students with as many tools as I can to help them become independent writers.
Once they had completed their writing maps, they put their ideas together in full sentences.
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