Elaborating and expanding sentences
This activity teaches students how to add details to sentences. The materials required are crayons or colored pencils and drawing paper. The activity can last for 40 minutes.
Before you start, brainstorm
- Read the sentence: I see a house.
- Ask students to visualize and draw a picture using only the information given in the sentence.
- Next, read the sentence: I see a white and blue house with three small windows and a large garage.
- Students draw a picture based on just the details given.
- students tell which sentence gave them the information needed to visualize.
- Students tell why they were able to draw a more detailed picture.
- Write sentences on the board.
- I like pizza.
- My uncle lives in a house.
- They watched a serial.
- I went home.
- Ask students to add details to the sentences so that they can be richer in terms of information they carry.
- They can add adjectives (hot pizza/big house/ …), adverbs (they watched the serial silently/ went home happily/…), nouns, …
Students with the most appealing sentences write them on the board to be copied.