One of my favorite authors in Grace Lin (Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, Year of the Dog, Starry River of the Sky and more) because she writes exquisitely descriptive passages. Several years ago, while reading Year of the Dog, students began calling descriptive words "delicious" words because Lin used them so often to describe the meals her family ate at various celebrations. The term stuck, and I still call descriptive words "delicious words" today.
4th graders are currently working on improving the use of delicious words in their own writing, specifically STRONG VERBS and VIVID, COLORFUL ADJECTIVES.
For example, "I went to the store" becomes "I rode my bike to the store." Students should ask themselves the question: "How did I went?"
"We played outside" might become "My friends and I zoomed down the windy, yellow slide and swung like monkeys across the orange, metal bars." Students should ask themselves "Have I painted a picture with my words? Can my reader really imagine what I have written?"
In order to become better writers, we are going to pay closer attention to other authors.
Readers, please comment! Share with us examples of STRONG VERBS or VIVID, COLORFUL ADJECTIVES that you find in your reading OR that you notice in other classmates' work. We will also post some examples that we find to help you.