Christmas Descriptive Writing Activity – Gingerbread House Real Estate Listing

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Christmas Descriptive Writing Activity – Gingerbread House Real Estate Listing is a fun and creative way to improve your students' descriptive and persuasive writing with a holiday twist. Students will use imagery and persuasive language to create a real estate listing for a gingerbread house, where they will put their writing skills and creativity on display. Use the included slideshow presentation to teach students about how to write using descriptive and persuasive writing techniques. After using the graphic organizer to plan out their listing, students will use the eye-catching template to craft a good copy of their gingerbread house real estate listing! Although this works great as a Christmas or holiday activity, there are no direct references to Christmas, so it works well if your school does not allow Christmas activities and can be used any time of the year!

Included in the Christmas Descriptive Writing Activity:

➡️ Gingerbread House Real Estate Lesson Presentation: Use the included 21-slide PowerPoint presentation to introduce the creative assignment to students. Included are tips for descriptive writing (including using visual, auditory, tactile, gustatory, and olfactory imagery) and persuasive writing (such as using emotive language, conciseness, and a professional tone). There is also information on the purpose of a real estate listing, what’s included in a listing, and why the use of descriptive and persuasive writing is important in this real-world context. 

➡️️ Christmas Descriptive Writing Pre-Writing Graphic Organizer: This two-page pre-writing graphic organizer will help students plan each section of the listing, from brainstorming the main listing details to what to include for each room of the gingerbread house. The organizer includes prompts to help students stay on track and organized as they prepare the gingerbread house real estate listing. 

➡️ Gingerbread House Real Estate Listing Templates: Once students have completed the pre-writing organizer, have them craft their final real estate listings on the provided templates. Multiple template options are included. There is an option where a photo of the gingerbread house is provided and another where students can draw their own house. There are also two different size options for the templates that you can choose from based on how much you want students to write with spaces for students to draw images of four main rooms within the home.

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