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Descriptive Writing
Intermediate level


As a result of this lesson, students will be able to: a)define descriptive language and give reasons for its use; b)write a descriptive paragraph.


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Main Aims

  • To provide product writing practice of a descriptive paragraph in the context of New Year's Eve

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide review of descriptive adjectives in the context of New Year's Eve


Warmer/Lead-in (1-2 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Show a picture of a New Year's Eve on the smartboard. Ask the class: What season is that? What holiday is it? What are you feeling when looking at this picture?

Exposure (5-6 minutes) • To provide a model of production expected in coming tasks through reading/listening

Explain what discriptive writing is. Discuss: What makes descriptive writing interesting to you? Which sense do you think is most important to describe when writing? What is the advantage of descriptions that appeal to multiple senses? When is descriptive writing important?

Pre-writing (8-10 minutes) • To provide a model of production expected in coming tasks through brainstorming

1. Show the class the pictures in the slide. Ask the students to describe the things that they sense. 2. Let the students brainstorm things that they smell, taste, see, feel or hear. Give them time to fill in the chart in their workbooks.

Productive Task(s) (14-16 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills

Give the students time to prepare a written description of their experiences on a New Year's Eve. Tell them not to forget using descriptive adjectives in the slide. Give the definitions or clarifications of the unknown vocabulary. Do the language clarification, focus on meaning, form and pronunciation. Point out the topic sentence.

Feedback (6-7 minutes) • To provide feedback on students' production and use of language

Ask the students to share their topic sentences. Assist them with the error correction if necessary.

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