Education Technology

NCTE: Exploring Descriptive Compositions

Published on 07/19/2006

Activity Overview

In this activity, students practice their writing skills by using their imagination to personify a piece of art.

Before the Activity

See the attached Activity PDF file for detailed instructions for this activity.

Print the appropriate pages from the Activity for your class.

Install the NoteFolio™ App on the students' graphing calculators following the attached instructions.

Ensure that students have their TI-83 Plus or TI-84 Plus graphing calculators and keyboards ready for recording information. Refer to Accessing the NoteFolio™ Application on the TI-83 Plus or TI-84 Plus at the end of this activity for instructions on how to access and use the NoteFolio application on the calculator.

During the Activity

  • Distribute the appropriate pages from the Activity to your class
  • Follow the procedures outlined in the Activity


  • Students will:
  • write in a variety of situations (impromptu, over time, in collaboration, or alone) and adapt strategies (such as revision, technology, and the use of reference materials) to the situation.
  • complete a writing assignment within a limited amount of time; producing a well developed, well organized, and clearly written response in effective language and a voice appropriate for audience and purpose.
  • use computers to acquire, organize, analyze, and communicate information.
  • recognize and explain the impact of various media on daily life.
  • After the Activity

    Remind students that the point of Activity 1 is to show them that a picture (or object) can tell a story, not simply to come up with a list of 1,000 words. One picture may be worth 100 words, while another may be worth 10,000 words...but every picture, every object has something to say. Every picture, every object is a text to be read. Every picture, every object can tell a story.