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How To Get Kids To Write - Day 2

What can be more fun than writing about dragons? Today's writing activity focuses on writing a description of a dragon. Will the dragon be huge and fierce with fire coming out of its nostrils? ... or will the dragon be little and cute and always there when you need a friend. Your kids can decide!

Writing Teacher's Roadmap Get Started Guide

If you're following the Writing Teacher's Roadmap Get Started Guide, today's activity focuses on Step One: Get Kids Writing. The goal of step one is simply to get kids to write.

Writing Activity - Dragon Description

Students might conjure up images of dragons in faraway lands with princes on horseback or they might think about cartoon dragons that they see in movies or on TV. There is not a "right" dragon to describe. Encourage students to use their imagination.

Materials Needed:

  • scrap paper
  • pencils

Writing Activity Steps:

  1. Discuss possible details that students might want to write about in their descriptions. Ask questions to get students thinking about dragons: 
    • What does the dragon look like?
    • What is the dragon’s name?
    • Is the dragon helpful?
    • Is the dragon scary?
    • Where does the dragon live?
  2. Give each student a piece of paper.
  3. Students write down different sentences about their dragon.
  4. When students finish writing a number of sentences about their dragon, they can draw a picture of their dragon that matches the description they wrote.

** This activity could easily be done at home. All students would need is a piece of paper and a pencil.

Dragon Descriptions

Share the dragon descriptions your students create! Tag me on Instagram @teachingwithatouchofhoney or share on the Facebook page.

Extend the Activity

If you want to extend this writing activity, ask your kids to write a story about their dragon. They could write an adventure story about the dragon or write a story about how they meet their dragon. After they finish their story, students can work through the writing process. They can edit their stories for capitalization, punctuation, and spelling corrections. Then can then make a good copy of their writing and draw a picture to illustrate their story.

** Want a copy of the dragon templates? The templates shown in this blogpost are part of the Dragon Description templates found in Day Two of the FREE Get Your Kids Writing Challenge. The Get Your Kids Writing Challenge focuses on Step One of the Writing Teacher's Roadmap Get Started Guide.

Writing Teacher's Roadmap Club Members

If you're a member of the Writing Teacher's Roadmap Club you'll want to:

  • grab your detailed lesson plan.
    • Go To Plan - Lesson Plans: Daily - Lesson 2
  • get the templates for extending the dragon description and writing drafts and final copies.
    • Go To Practice - Ten Minute Writing Activities - Dragon Description

Related Blogposts

How To Get Kids To Write - Day 1

How To Get Kids To Write - Day 3 

Until next time,

P.S. Many teachers are overwhelmed with teaching writing to their students. The Writing Teacher's Roadmap Club contains everything you need to become confident in teaching your students to become better writers.


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