Painting Your Writing with Colorful Words {Shades of Meaning Mini Unit}

Thinking about my classes in the last few years, writing has always been something they have struggled with. Really being able to describe or use vivid words to tell their stories has been challenging. I can model all day long, but I needed something that would really teach them to use more interesting words in their writing. I teach at a very high poverty school so many of my students have limited vocabularies. This "Paint Your Writing" mini unit is just the thing to get your students using powerful words in their writing and speaking.

And look for a freebie from this unit coming Monday from my collaborative blog's "Show Us How You Use It: Paint Chip Samples" over at Owl-ways Be Inspired

I am excited to have finally created and posted something new for you all! It is available in my TPT shop by clicking my button below!

And as always, I like to give away one free set when I create something new! All you have to do to win is comment below with your email, be a follower of my blog, and guess where I'm headed on my babymoon/honeymoon in two weeks! HINT: See picture below! 

Best of luck! =)


  1. Writing is a struggle with my 3rd graders, too. They just don't seem to have the vocabulary knowledge to help them add some sparkle to their writing. Your product looks like a winner! Yes, I am a follower of your blog and am thinking the picture is of Asheville? Oooh, are you going to the Biltmore Estate?
    Have a wonderful and relaxing time! :-)

    1. That is correct!! Yay! I love Asheville! I'll be emailing shortly!

  2. This looks fantastic! I would love to win this, as many of my students come from a non-native English background. So while they write well, they need a little nudge to use different words...nothing like reading 'really fun' 27 times in one paragraph! Times 20 students...

    Congratulations on your wedding and the safe arrival of your daughter. Headed for Asheville, NC?

    tokyoshoes at hotmail dot com

  3. Is it Asheville, NC? The mountains look like the Great Smoky Mountains!

    My students REALLY struggle with these writing skills, too. We seem to teach at similar schools.
    Sarah Plum
    There's No Place Like Second Grade

  4. North Carolina? Pretty picture! Your mini-unit looks great. I'm sure it feels good to be back at it again!
    Sarah from Mrs. Jones Teaches :o)
    sarahmarianj @ gmail . com

  5. Love this!! Such a creative way to teach a more challenging topic. Looks like y'all are headed to Asheville, NC for your getaway-fun!


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