By: Susie Rogers 5th-8th ELA
“For the wood was full of light, entirely different from the sight she was used to. it was green and amber and alive, quivering in splotches on the padded ground, fanning into sturdy stripes between the tree trunks. There were little flowers she did not recognize, white and palest blue: and endless, tangled vines; and here and there a fallen log half rotted but soft with patches of sweet green-velvet moss.” With their eyes closed, the 6th grade students listened to this excerpt from Tuck Everlasting as an introduction to the concept of sensory imagery in writing.
This passage from Tuck Everlasting was our inspiration for our own trail walk to apply sensory imagery writing techniques. Students armed with a notebook and pencil marched eagerly to enjoy Mother Nature along the St. James Trail. They were not allowed to discuss what they were writing as students examined the woods and took notes about their trek. Upon returning to the classroom, they were asked to write a description essay about their experience. Students volunteered to read their stories out loud, and they were amazed by the different aspect each student had. The students’ writing came alive with this assignment. Here are some examples of the 6th grade students’ sentences:
“Stumps with moss, bugs, and flowers were near an old bridge.” David
““There were thorns that looked like they were protecting something like a knight protecting their princess.” Heath
“As I step over the green grass, you can just admire how beautiful nature really is.” Jonah
“There were so many colorful berries. Some were red and purple.” Staten
“The sun was beaming down on top of the trees and making them glow.” Kaden
“…radiantly colored berries.” “…vibrant green colors.” Katherine
“…trees hollowed out by the years.” Morgan
“The vines were ever so perfectly draped over the trees.” Addison
“it was dark, but little bits of light peeked through the cracks of the trees.” Zachary
“Spiders were everywhere- on trees, plants, and my face.” Ayres
Students thoroughly enjoyed getting out of the classroom and describing what they encountered. Learning really does come alive at St. James Day School!