Writers take great pains to engage their readers by using clear, precise language to paint a picture of where a story takes place – the setting. Drawing on the students’ curiosity about the forest, one Grade 3 teacher capitalised on this curiosity to help children develop their skills as writers. The children learned how to write rich descriptions of a setting through close observation, writing about what they saw and heard, and creating water colors of their observations. They then thought further about precise words they could use in a piece of writing to depict the settings they had observed and painted. Finally, they wrote descriptions of the forest setting they had observed and painted.
Finally, the children write descriptions of the forest setting.