Alternatively, you can give them two passages to compare and contrast, one that’s lacking descriptive language and one that describes the same thing, but more creatively.
Another key element to good descriptive writing is using all five senses. Ask your students to write a few sentences individually and give them a chance to share with the class.
Most of the time, students get into the habit of describing only what can be seen. Encourage students to share as many adjectives as they can think of. Another great way to introduce the idea of descriptive writing to your students is to have them read some examples.
These activities can be adapted for elementary-level to advanced-level students and for any age group.
They can also be modified to focus on certain categories of vocabulary words.