Spotlight on Descriptive Writing

This week our focus is on descriptive writing.  Mrs. Arnall’s 4th graders just completed a cooperative  project with a school in New Hampshire.  The project is called the Monster Exchange and has been around for a few years now.

What is the Monster Exchange?  The website describes it as:

Monster Exchange is designed to encourage the development of reading and writing skills while integrating Internet technology into the classroom curriculum. Classrooms from a variety of schools worldwide are paired together; the students in each classroom are split into groups, each of which designs an original picture of a monster. The students must then write a description of the monster. The partnered classes then exchange their descriptions via e-mail and the Internet. These students are then challenged to use reading comprehension skills to read the descriptions and translate them into a monster picture. The true challenge involves creating a redrawn picture as close to the original picture as possible without looking at the original and using only the written description of the monster. 

“The written descriptions, original monster pictures, and redrawn monster pictures are scanned and uploaded to the Internet using the browser-based Monster Gallery Builder. The Monster Gallery Builder is entirely form-based and does not require the teacher or student to know any HTML code.”

“The Monster Galleries are then published, and feedback is provided via e-mail.”

Take a look at what Lindsey’s 4th graders did with descriptive writing for the Monster Exhange. 

 Monster Exchange