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Describe That Face: An Interactive Writing Game

E-mail / Share / Print This Page / Print All Materials (Note: Handouts must be printed separately)

Grades 6 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Four 60-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Loraine Woodard

Loraine Woodard

Berkeley, California


International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology






  • Computers with Internet access and printing capability

  • Magazines or newspapers, at least one for every two to three students, if students will use print sources to find photos

  • Scissors and tape (or other fasteners)

  • Peer Edit With Perfection! Tutorial

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1. Review and print the Teacher's Reference Sheet—Metaphors and Similes. If you wish, collect other examples of vivid character descriptions from fictional works to read to the class.

2. Print the following handouts and make one copy for each student: Sample Character Descriptions, Character Description Vocabulary, Peer-Editing Form, Note-Taking Worksheet, and Grading Checklist.

3. Decide where students will display their work for the activity in Session 4.

4. Familiarize yourself with the online dictionaries and thesauruses listed under Websites. The Word Reference site offers some bilingual dictionaries for the ELL students in your class. Choose the sites that are most appropriate for your class and bookmark them on students' computers.

5. Decide whether students will use print or online sources for the photos that they will describe. If they will be using an online source, bookmark the photo sites listed under Websites or other sites that you deem appropriate on students' computers and make sure you have enough ink and paper for the printers.

6. If necessary, reserve time in the computer lab for Session 1 and Session 2.

7. Make a list of student pairs that might work well together for the peer-editing session.

Note: If your students need a very basic review before the lesson, Skillswise: Adjectives provides a fun, simple introduction to adjectives.

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