How do you describe Sarah's actual physical description to your students in order to create the most impact on them?This is with regard to Staying Fat For Sarah Byrnes by Chris Crutcher.

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One way you can make the most of the description is to have students draw Sarah, from the description.  First, give every student a copy and have them circle the descriptive words.  Then, have them draw her based on the description. 

This way, students can focus on specific details and really pay attention to them.  Then, you can ask students to write a short paragraph about the drawing and what it makes them think of.  For example, they might feel sorry for Sarah.  They might talk about Sarah's pride or feelings.  Use the drawing to kick-off a conversation about Sarah and the way we related to obesity in our society.

This can lead to conversations on empathy, how we react to an obese person, reasons why people are obese and so on 

One way you can make the most of the description is to have students draw Sarah, from the description.  First, give every student a copy and have them circle the descriptive words.  Then, have them draw her based on the description. 

This way, students can focus on specific details and really pay attention to them.  Then, you can ask students to write a short paragraph about the drawing and what it makes them think of.  For example, they might feel sorry for Sarah.  They might talk about Sarah's pride or feelings.  Use the drawing to kick-off a conversation about Sarah and the way we related to obesity in our society.

This can lead to conversations on empathy, how we react to an obese person, reasons why people are obese and so on

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