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Writing 'De-Tails'

Found In: language arts, thanksgiving, written composition

As I was planning a lesson about main idea and supporting details in November, I thought of an appropriate visual to use. I cut out a large brown paper turkey (without the tail) and some 18” x 6” strips of colored paper. I wrote my main idea on the “body” of the turkey and wrote one detail on each strip, tapered to look like feathers. The details were “de-tail”! Then I used our Ellison machine to cut small turkey bodies for my students to use, along with 6” x 1” strips for their feathers. We got some great bodies and details from that lesson!


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By Phil Nast, retired middle school teacher and freelance writer

Celebrate the Thanksgiving season in the classroom and at home with lessons, quizzes, activities, games, trivia, books, and movies.