Descriptive Essays For Grade 6



     Porter's Letters to Griffin (Reading Level 3; Interest Level 5)

     My Movie Moment (Reading Level 3; Interest Level 5)

     Emma's Eyes (Grades 3-4; Interest Level: Grades 2-6)

     Peace with Pizza (Grades 3-4; Interest Level: Grades 2-6)

     Room 127: Jack Jumps (Story #3) (Grades 3-4)

     Room 127: Freddie Can Fly! (Story #2) (Grades 3-4; Interest Level: Grades 4-8)

     Letters from Griffin (Grades 3-4; Interest Level: Grades 5-8)

     Reaching for the Goal (Grades 3-5)

     Joey Roo and Something New (Grades 3-6; Interest Level: Grades 2-6)

     Grammar Zoo Train (Grades 3-6)

     A Shooting Star over the Shoe Store (Grades 3-6)

     Marculus Entertains a Pink Blobulus (Grades 3-6)

     Marculus Gets Another Pet (Grades 3-6)

     Marculus Gets his License (Grades 3-6)

     Marculus Goes to a Potluck (Grades 3-6)

     Marculus Has Pet Problems (Grades 3-6)

     Marculus Has a Garage Sale (Grades 3-6)

     Marculus Visits Earth (Grades 3-6)

     Marculus Visits Washington, D.C. (Grades 3-6)

     Weird Earth Sayings (Grades 3-6)

     Where, Oh Where is Monty the Bear? (Grades 3-6)

     The Big Prize (Grades 3-6)

     That's How Ron Rolls: a Skateboarding Story (Reading Level 4; Interest Level 5)

     The Magic in Room 127: Isabella's Story (Grades 4-5)

     The Myth of the Man-eating Monster (Grades 4-5)

     Aliens: Fact or Fiction? (Grades 4-5; Interest Level: Grades 5-12)

     The Day the Seagulls Attacked (Grades 4-5; Interest Level: Grades 6-12)

     Gooaalllll! (Grades 4-6; Interest Level: Grades 2-9)

     Soccer History by Mail (Grades 4-6; Interest Level: Grades 3-9)

     A New Game Show on Planet Pearth! (Grades 4-6)

     Animal Outlaws, Volume 2 (Grades 4-6)

     Big Bob Loves Blue (Grades 4-6)

     Escape from the Vampire (Grades 4-6)

     Funny Police Reports out West (Grades 4-6)

     How to Lose Friends and Annoy People (Grades 4-6)

     Marculus Gets a Job (Grades 4-6)

     Marculus Goes to Summer Camp (Grades 4-6)

     Marculus Meets a Bully (Grades 4-6)

     Marculus Runs for Class President (Grades 4-6)

     Marculus Visits a Carnival (Grades 4-6)

     Marculus Visits a Cosmic Garden (Grades 4-6)

     More Weird Earth Sayings (Grades 4-6)

     Rent-a-Genie, Book One (Grades 4-6)

     Rent-a-Genie, Book Two (Grades 4-6)

     Rex's Delectable Food Phrases (Grades 4-6)

     Savannah Banana Loves Yellow (Grades 4-6)

     Scarlet Tiara Loves Red (Grades 4-6)

     So You Want to Find Your Hidden Talent (Grades 4-6)

     So You Want to Paint Your Room! (Grades 4-6)

     So You Want to be a Superhero (Grades 4-6)

     The Magic Shower Stall, Book One (Grades 4-6)

     The Magic Shower Stall, Book Three (Grades 4-6)

     The Magic Shower Stall, Book Two (Grades 4-6)

     Underwater Adventure, Book One (Grades 4-6)

     Underwater Adventure, Book Three (Grades 4-6)

     Underwater Adventure, Book Two (Grades 4-6)

     Science Solves Video Games (Grades 5-7; Interest Level: Grades 4-7)



     Doggie Lingo (Grades 2-6)

     Oil in the Gulf (Grades 3-4; Interest Level: Grades 2-9)

     Pump It Up: All About Your Blood (Grades 3-4)

     P.U. Plants (Grades 3-4; Interest Level: Grades 4-6)

     Crazy Cars: Wild and Wacky Rides (Grades 3-4; Interest Level: Grades 4-8)

     Strange but True: Crazy Facts about Food (Grades 3-4; Interest Level: Grades 4-8)

     Can You Believe it? Wild and Wacky Truths from Around the World (Grades 3-4; Interest Level: Grades 5-7)

     Oops! More Wild and Wacky Sports Injuries (Grades 3-4; Interest Level: Grades 5-8)

     The French Quarter's Quarterback: Drew Brees (Grades 3-4; Interest Level: Grades 5-8)

     Your Teeth (Grades 3-5; Interest Level: Grades 2-6)

     A Mardi Gras Alphabet Book (Grades 3-5)

     From the Ground Up (Grades 3-5)

     Alive or Not? (Grades 3-5)

     Helen Keller (Grades 3-5)

     Rocks and Minerals (Grades 3-5)

     Desert Habitat (Grades 3-5; Interest Level: Grades 4-6)

     Ocean Habitat (Grades 3-5; Interest Level: Grades 4-6)

     All-Terrain Vehicles (Grades 3-5; Interest Level: Grades 5-7)

     Auto Racing (Grades 3-5; Interest Level: Grades 5-7)

     Prairie Habitat (Grades 3-5; Interest Level: Grades 5-7)

     Temperate Forest Habitat (Grades 3-5; Interest Level: Grades 5-7)

     Types of Auto Racing (Grades 3-5; Interest Level: Grades 5-7)

     Smoke Jumpers (Grades 3-5; Interest Level: Grades 5-8)

     History of Hip Hop (Grades 3-5; Interest Level: Grades 6-8)

     How Do You Make a Video Game? (Grades 3-5; Interest Level: Grades 6-8)

     How a Bicycle Works (Grades 3-5; Interest Level: Grades 6-8)

     Mapping ABC Style (Grades 3-6)

     The Ghost at Cave-in-Rock (Reading Level 4; Interest Level 6)

     Awesome Inventions (Grades 4-5)

     Meat Munching Plants (Grades 4-5)

     Meet Dave the Bug Eater (Grades 4-5)

     Cycling's Superstar: Lance Armstrong (Grades 4-5)

     Shaquille O'Neal (Grades 4-5)

     Shaun White: Action Sport Superstar (Grades 4-5)

     Wild and Wacky Color Facts (Grades 4-5; Interest Level: Grades 5-8)

     Home Sweet Home: Wild and Wacky Houses around the World (Grades 4-5; Interest Level: Grades 5-12)

     Underground Treasure: The New York Gold Vault (Grades 4-5; Interest Level: Grades 5-12)

     Stop the Car! Wild and Wacky Road Trip Sites (Grades 4-5; Interest Level: Grades 6-8)

     Worst Case Scenario Survival Guide: Snakebite (Grades 4-5; Interest Level: Grades 6-8)

     It's a Chocolate Thing (Grades 4-6; Interest Level: Grades 3-7)

     Alive at Twenty-Five Driving Day! (Grades 4-6)

     Bald Eagles (Grades 4-6)

     Baleen Whales (Grades 4-6)

     Boobies (Grades 4-6)

     Deserts (Grades 4-6)

     Flamingos (Grades 4-6)

     Let's Go Fly a Kite! (Grades 4-6)

     May Day (Grades 4-6)

     Plants in the Rainforest (Grades 4-6)

     Tiffany's Foster Puppies (Grades 4-6)

     Toothed Whales (Grades 4-6)

     Whales (Grades 4-6)

     Animals and the Oil Spill (Grades 4-6)

     Monster Trucks (Grades 4-6)

     Your Amazing Blood (Grades 4-6)

     Machu Picchu: The City in the Clouds (Grades 4-6)

     Dog Mushing (Grades 4-6)

     The Iditarod: The Last Great Race on Earth (Grades 4-6)

     Roller Coasters (Grades 4-6)

     Hall of Records at Mount Rushmore (Grades 4-6; Interest Level: Grades 5-7)

     Crime Scene Investigation (Grades 4-6; Interest Level: Grades 5-13)

     Cameras (Grades 4-6; Interest Level: Grades 6-8)

     History of Country Music (Grades 4-6; Interest Level: Grades 6-8)

     How We Play Recorded Music (Grades 4-6; Interest Level: Grades 6-8)

     Many Faces of Rock Music (Grades 4-6; Interest Level: Grades 6-8)

     Motorcycles (Grades 4-6; Interest Level: Grades 6-8)

     Mysterious Cities (Grades 4-6; Interest Level: Grades 6-8)

     Origami (Grades 4-6; Interest Level: Grades 6-8)

     The History of Pop Music (Grades 4-6; Interest Level: Grades 6-8)

     Tropical Rainforests (Grades 4-6; Interest Level: Grades 6-8)

     Types of Video Games (Grades 4-6; Interest Level: Grades 6-8)

     Veterinarian (Grades 4-6; Interest Level: Grades 6-8)

     CSI: Blood Clues (Grades 4-6; Interest Level: Grades 6-12)

     Electricians (Grades 4-6; Interest Level: Grades 7-9)

     The ABCs of Geometry (Grades 4-7; Interest Level: Grades 3-6)

     The Legend Behind the Poem (Grades 4-7; Interest Level: Grades 3-6)

     Animals That Use Mimicry (Grades 5-6; Interest Level: Grades 3-8)

     Classifying Invertebrate Animals (Grades 5-6; Interest Level: Grades 3-8)

     Rainbows (Grades 5-6; Interest Level: Grades 3-8)

     Famous Pyramids (Grades 5-6; Interest Level: Grades 4-8)

     Mitosis: Cell Division (Grades 5-6; Interest Level: Grades 4-8)

     Reading a Weather Map (Grades 5-6; Interest Level: Grades 4-8)

     Amazing Cranes (Grades 5-6)

     Amazing Moths (Grades 5-6)

     Amazing Spiders (Grades 5-6)

     Big Cats That Roar (Grades 5-6)

     Clouds (Grades 5-6)

     Dall Sheep (Grades 5-6)

     Dandelions (Grades 5-6)

     Giraffes (Grades 5-6)

     Macaws (Grades 5-6)

     Monotremes (Grades 5-6)

     Sea Lions (Grades 5-6)

     Sunflowers (Grades 5-6)

     The Animals of Madagascar (Grades 5-6)

     The Dead Sea (Grades 5-6)

     The Great Barrier Reef (Grades 5-6)

     Derek Jeter (Grades 5-6)

     Extinct Birds (Grades 5-6)

     CSI: Fingerprints (Grades 5-6)

     President Barack Obama (Grades 5-6; Interest Level: Grades 6-12)

     Who "Dat?" That's Drew Brees! (Grades 5-6; Interest Level: Grades 9-12)

     Extreme Destinations (Grades 5-7; Interest Level: Grades 4-8)

     Extreme Sports: Going to Extremes (Grades 5-7; Interest Level: Grades 4-12)

     Fossils From Bone Cabin Quarry, 1898 (Grades 5-7; Interest Level: Grades 4-12)

     All About Snow (Grades 5-7)

     Hats (Grades 5-7)

     Jefferson "Soapy" Smith (Grades 5-7)

     The Water Cycle (Grades 5-7)

     Vincent van Gogh (Grades 5-7)

     CSI: Careers in Forensics (Grades 5-7)

     CSI: DNA Evidence (Grades 5-7)

     Snowmobiles (Grades 5-7; Interest Level: Grades 6-8)

     The History of Computers (Grades 5-7; Interest Level: Grades 6-9)

     Amazing Mazes (Grades 5-8)

     Bringing in the New Year (Grades 5-8)

     Chich�n Itz� (Grades 5-8)

     Endangered Animals (Grades 5-8)

     Gargoyles (Grades 5-8)

     Gypsies (Grades 5-8)

     Mardi Gras in New Orleans (Grades 5-8)

     Pirates: Fact or Fiction? (Grades 5-8)

     Pizza (Grades 5-8)

     Plants on the Arctic Tundra (Grades 5-8)

     The Northern Lights (Grades 5-8)

     Totem Poles (Grades 5-8)

     Let's Eat: Unusual Foods! (Grades 5-8)

     Let's Go Riding: Snowmobile Fun! (Grades 5-8)

     Billie Holiday (Grade 6)

     Buffalo Bill (Grade 6)

     Dracula (Grade 6)

     Frida Kahlo (Grade 6)

     Macaroni Penguins (Grade 6)

     Marco Polo (Grade 6)

     Mardi Gras Traditions (Grade 6)

     Richard Byrd (Grade 6)

     Spring (Grade 6)

     Western Lowland Gorillas (Grade 6)

     Haiti Then and Now (Grades 6-7; Interest Level: Grades 4-12)

     The Life of a Fashion Photographer (Grades 6-7; Interest Level: Grades 7-12)

     Sedimentary Rocks: Clastic and Non-clastic (Grades 6-8; Interest Level: Grades 4-8)

     From Teenager to Teen Idol: Taylor Swift (Grades 6-8; Interest Level: Grades 4-12)

     Amazing Albatrosses (Grades 6-8)

     Amazing American Caves (Grades 6-8)

     Annie Oakley (Grades 6-8)

     Antarctica Explorers: Shackleton and Byrd (Grades 6-8)

     Castles: Magnificent Palaces (Grades 6-8)

     Chewing Gum (Grades 6-8)

     Day of the Dead (Grades 6-8)

     Deserts Around the World (Grades 6-8)

     Early Women Aviators (Grades 6-8)

     Flying in Alaska: Bush Planes (Grades 6-8)

     Frida Kahlo (Grades 6-8)

     Garrett Morgan (Grades 6-8)

     Georgia O'Keeffe (Grades 6-8)

     Glaciers in Alaska (Grades 6-8)

     Halloween (Grades 6-8)

     Harry Houdini (Grades 6-8)

     Henri Matisse (Grades 6-8)

     Iguanas (Grades 6-8)

     Isadora Duncan (Grades 6-8)

     John Muir (Grades 6-8)

     Johnny Appleseed (Grades 6-8)

     Marco Polo (Grades 6-8)

     Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii (Grades 6-8)

     Seven Deadly Spiders (Grades 6-8)

     Sightseeing in Alaska: Glaciers (Grades 6-8)

     Sightseeing in Alaska: National Parks (Grades 6-8)

     Sitting Bull (Grades 6-8)

     The Aztecs (Grades 6-8)

     The Belize Barrier Reef (Grades 6-8)

     The Golden Gate Bridge (Grades 6-8)

     The Great Lakes (Grades 6-8)

     The Hawaiian Islands (Grades 6-8)

     The National Mall (Grades 6-8)

     The National Toy Hall of Fame (Grades 6-8)

     Vasco da Gama (Grades 6-8)

     The History of the Circus (Grades 6-8)

     Crop Circles (Grades 6-8)

     Famous Cemeteries in the U.S. (Grades 6-8)

     Shaping the Super Bowl (Grades 7-9; Interest Level: Grades 4-12)



     Magnificent Mackinac (Grades 2-3; Interest Level: Grades 1-6)

     Not Just Another Bus Ride (Grades 3-4)

     Oh My! It's a Monk Seal! (Grades 3-4)

     A Day to Remember (Grades 3-4)

     Are You Ready to Run? (Grades 3-4)

     A Weekend in the Smokies (Grades 3-4; Interest Level: Grades 5-8)

     Have A Frightfully Fun Halloween! (Grades 3-5; Interest Level: Grades 2-6)

     Leap Year (Grades 3-5)

     Ogres (Grades 3-5; Interest Level: Grades 5-7)

     You and Your Favorite Color (Grades 4-5; Interest Level: Grades 6-8)

     Rocky Mountain National Park Adventure (Grades 4-6; Interest Level: Grades 3-9)

     Animal Outlaws (Grades 4-6)

     What's in a Name? (Grades 4-6)

     Centaurs (Grades 4-6; Interest Level: Grades 5-7)

     Unicorns (Grades 4-6; Interest Level: Grades 5-7)

     Werewolves (Grades 4-6; Interest Level: Grades 6-8)

     Thank You, Dr. Martin Luther King! (Grades 5-6)

     Vampires (Grades 5-6; Interest Level: Grades 6-8)



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How to teach descriptive writing

There's no one way to teach descriptive writing. That said, teachers can:

  • Develop descriptive writing skill through modeling and the sharing of quality literature full of descriptive writing.
  • Include lessons such as the ones listed below throughout the year.
  • Call students' attention to interesting, descriptive word choices in classroom writing.

Characteristics of descriptive writing

1. Good descriptive writing includes many vivid sensory details that paint a picture and appeals to all of the reader's senses of sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste when appropriate. Descriptive writing may also paint pictures of the feelings the person, place or thing invokes in the writer. In the video section below, watch a teacher use a Five Senses Graphic Organizer as a planning strategy for descriptive writing.

2. Good descriptive writing often makes use of figurative language such as analogies, similes and metaphors to help paint the picture in the reader's mind.

3. Good descriptive writing uses precise language. General adjectives, nouns, and passive verbs do not have a place in good descriptive writing. Use specific adjectives and nouns and strong action verbs to give life to the picture you are painting in the reader's mind.

4. Good descriptive writing is organized. Some ways to organize descriptive writing include: chronological (time), spatial (location), and order of importance. When describing a person, you might begin with a physical description, followed by how that person thinks, feels and acts.

Language Arts

The Show-Me Sentences lesson plan from Read Write Think was created for students in grades 6-12. However, elementary teachers can modify the Show-Me sentences to make them interesting for younger students.

The Writing Fix provides a lesson plan for using Roald Dahl's The Twits as a mentor text to teach descriptive writing.

Teacher Laura Torres created a lesson plan that uses images to jumpstart vivid writing: Three Descriptive Writing Picture Prompts.

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