Write On! - Elaboration Ideas

Pencils with text: Elaboration in Writing
Looking for ideas to help your students take their writing to the next level with elaboration? Here are 3 quick strategies to support students in expanding their ideas. 


Students choose a sentence in their writing that they want to elaborate. Then students roll a dice and add that number of words to their sentences. This may seem like a simple strategy, but it can work like a charm with modeling and guidance. Students can add adjectives, adverbs, proper nouns, prepositional phrases, color words, or feeling words to expand their sentences.

To model give all students the same sentence. Roll a dice. Have students add that many words to the sentence. Then have students share. Discuss the different ways students added to their sentences and how it would affect the reader.

Dice with text: Expand a sentence


For this strategy, students roll the elaboration cube to see how they are going to elaborate in their writing. Students can add a feeling word or color word. Students also can explain why, how, where, and when to help paint a picture in the reader's mind.

 Blue cube with text: Add a Feeling Word - Roll-a-cube

Randomness can be a great motivator and fosters creativity when students have to determine how to weave new ideas into their writing. Click HERE for your copy of the elaboration roll-a-cube.


This strategy has students connect ideas like LINKS in a CHAIN. Students look for undeveloped "links" in their writing. Then students think about how they can
  • explode an idea
  • clarify a point
  • provide evidence to strengthen their positions. 
Students then create additional sentences that get "linked" like a chain to develop these ideas.
Dog clipart with text: Elaboration: chaining

What strategies do you use to help students incorporate elaboration in writing?

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