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Descriptive Writing

A presentation for my EN085 Remedial English class.
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Carl Pacheco

on 10 October 2015

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Descriptive Writing
A descriptive essay can be used to characterize a product,
the structure of an organization, the appearance of a person or animal, or a scene from the writer's observations.
Techniques of Descriptive Writing
Show Not Tell
Onomatopoeia
Similes and Metaphors
Show
Not
Tell
The purpose of this technique is to change bland "
telling
" sentences that use overly general words into "
showing
" sentences full of specific, enlightening details.
John felt nervous and apprehensive as he sat waiting.
Telling Sentence
Showing Sentence
John wiped the sweat from his palms and twitched awkwardly in his chair
These images are examples of people
showing
that they are happy.
What is a descriptive essay?
1
"a person"
"a place"
"a memory"
"an experience"
"an object"
,
2
Identify exactly
"what"
you want to describe
First Step
whether it would be:
or
Second Step
Apply the Five Senses
sight
sound
smell
touch
taste
When you focus your descriptions on the senses, you provide vivid and specific details that show your readers rather than tell your readers what you are describing.
(http://www.writeexpress.com/descriptive-essay.html)
First Technique
Second Technique
Onomatopoeia
Have you provided enough details and descriptions to enable your readers to gain a complete and vivid perception?
Have you left out any minor but important details?
Have you used words that convey your emotion or perspective?
Are there any unnecessary details in your description?
Does each paragraph of your essay focus on one aspect of your description?
Are your paragraphs ordered in the most effective way?
Planning your descriptive essay:
What or who do you want to describe?
What is your reason for writing your description?
What are the particular qualities that you want to focus on?
Drafting your descriptive essay:
What sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and textures are important for developing your description?
Which details can you include to ensure that your readers gain a vivid impression imbued with your emotion or perspective?
Revising your descriptive essay:
TIPS
(http://www.writeexpress.com/descriptive-essay.html)
Basic steps on writing a descriptive essay
Group Members
Carl Pacheco
Marvin Costa
Aaron Azucenas
Tomoki Mitake
Kenneth Yu
Onomatopoeia
is a word that imitates or suggests the source of the sound that it describes.
Examples of
Onomatopoeia
Those cows
moo
all night and keep us awake.
(This has the
onomatopoeia
of cows
mooing
)
Can you hear the
buzz
of the bees?
(This has the
onomatopoeia
of bees
buzzing
)
-bang-
-crash-
-swish-
-clash-
-pop-
Examples of sentences that contain
Onomatopoeia
Third Technique
Similes
and
Metaphors
A
simile
is a figure of speech that directly compares two different things, usually by employing the words "
like
" or "
as
".
A
metaphor
is a literary figure of speech that describes a
subject
by asserting that it is, on some point of comparison, the same as another otherwise unrelated
object
.
The purpose of this technique is to help readers have distinct mental images while reading a paper.
(http://suite101.com/article/simile-and-metaphor-in-descriptive-writing-a157834)
Similes
The cat's fur were soft
as
snow
They fought
like
cats and dogs.
Examples of
similes
Metaphors
An example of a
metaphor
The purpose of this technique is to allow the reader to imagine the sound of a word while reading it.
The
king
is a
lion
*The
king
obviously is not a
lion
, but he may be courageous and powerful
(http://suite101.com/article/simile-and-metaphor-in-descriptive-writing-a157834)
Clichés
Clichés
are overly used expressions based on similes and metaphors that people often rely on to describe things
Examples of
Clichés
"Light as a feather"
"White as a ghost"
vs
In movies, directors use descriptive language by
showing
the audience what a scene from the movie portrays.
The end.
Descriptive Writing handout
http://writeexpress.com/descriptive-essay.html
http://www.readingrockets.org/strategies/descriptive_writing/
http://suite101.com/article/simile-and-metaphor-in-descriptive-writing-a157834
Bibliography
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