Lesson 6: Imagery-engaging writing techniques

Duration of lesson: 60 minutes
Lesson objective: learn how to write in an engaging way.
Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts, choosing and
experimenting with text structures, language features, images and digital resources
appropriate to purpose and audience(ACELY1714)
Classroom organisation: Individual work
Resources: Computers/Ipads, smart board/TV laptop. Lesson adapted from
http://www.australiancurriculumlessons.com.au/2013/03/31/snapshot-writing-lesson-being-
descriptive-by-appealing-to-the-senses/ ,Ipad app:
http://maps.playingwithmedia.com/narrated-art/
Learning experiences:
1. Explain to the students that today as authors, we are going to look at painting a clear
picture in our reader’s head- a feature to implement when it comes to writing your
autobiography achievement story
2. Start a discussion on how this is accomplished and record answers on whiteboard
3. Explain that we can used adjectives (descriptive words) but also that we can create an
even clearer picture by adding an association to our adjective (e.g. the light was as
bright as the sun) and explain that this is called a simile.
4. List the following on the board and ask the students to think of some statements
(similes) for them:
Kettle (was whistling like a steam train)
Ice (was as cold as an Arctic Winter)
Eyes (were as blue as the ocean)
You get the idea, just keep going.
5. Next explain metaphors: A metaphor is a word or phrase that is used to make a
comparison between two people, things, animals, or places. They can be very helpful
when trying to learn the meaning of specific words because they provide a more
visual description of the word or thought. Examples to demonstrate on the board”
The snow is a white blanket. She is a peacock.
Her lovely voice was music to his ears. Life is a rollercoaster.
The alligator’s teeth are white daggers. Their home was a prison.
He is a shining star. Time is money.
My teacher is a dragon. Tom’s eyes were ice.
She feels that life is a fashion show. The world is a stage.
My kid’s room is a disaster area. The computers at school are old dinosaurs.


6. Now explain to the students that we can create an amazing snapshot (or photo) of
where we’re at by using these descriptions in our writing by trying to connect our
readers to their senses.
7. Discuss what the senses are and list them down.
8. Pull up a photograph of the beach on the smart board and model how to write a
snapshot. E.g.:
 “I see the sand dancing in the wind like ballerinas, the water reflecting light from the
sun like a thousand diamonds and the soft, white clouds floating above my head as if
they’re fairy floss.
 I hear the seagulls fighting over a chip like two dogs over a bone; the waves crashing
down as if they are thunder themselves and the joy of happiness from children all
around me playing their games.
 I feel the sun warming my skin like an electric blanket
9. Now allow the students to select their own images to create a snapshot implementing
similes and metaphors
10. Instruct children that they can select images from the web and construct their snapshot
via power point using computers or use the Ipad app titled narrated art, where they
will record a voice over for their selected image from this web address
http://maps.playingwithmedia.com/narrated-art/
11. Provide formative assessment by giving constructive feedback on imagery task
12. Once task is completed have students move their I.D forward to the next stage of the
climb