Using illustrations from a wide variety of diverse picture books, the Writers’ Tools slideshows demonstrate how students can use their five physical senses—and their experiences, memories, creativity, and imaginations—to become better writers and storytellers.

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I. Your Five Senses Part I (Sight, Smell, Taste, Hearing, and Touch)

Editor’s Note: This slideshow was initially published as one show, but in September 2023 was divided into two shows for easier use in the classroom.

Following are links to the resources supporting the “Your Five Senses Part I” slideshow:

I. Your Five Senses Part II (Let’s Write!)

Following are links to the resources supporting the “Your Five Senses Part II” slideshow:

II. Experience and Memory

III. Imagination Power

IV. Creativity and Ideas