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Descriptive Writing

EDUC 333

Linda Peirce

on 29 February 2012

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Transcript of Descriptive Writing

Descriptive Writing
Descriptive Wrting is using words to paint a memorable picture and evoke a distinctive mood.
What does descriptive writting involve?
We do all of this so we can avoid "commom" words. The thesaurus is a great tool.
Description involves all of the senses
1. Taste
2. Touch
3. Smell
4. Sight
5. Hearing
In addition to the five senses, there are more techniques that students can use...
1. Using specific information
Adding specific information means to
explain certain tastes, smells, sights,
noises, people, actions, etc.
2. Word Choice
However, make sure to teach students how to properly use the theaurus. It offers many words, but they may not all mean the same thing in context and students need to be aware of that.
One ofthe best ways to help
students with their word choice
is lots and lots of reading.
So students can get the big picture
This is called using Sensory Images.
By using sensory images, we can create vivid images for the reader.
It is very common for students to only decribe sight. As the book explains it, this is like watching a movie without sound.
As a teacher, we can incoorperate the use of all the senses in our everday writing by modeling and using mini lessons
Dive deep into your descriptive writing using onomatopoeias!
Figurative Language
giving animals, objects & ideas human qualities.
phrases that have specific meanings,
but can't be determined by the
individual words or their comparisons.
ex2) Charlotte's web

by using strong comparisons, the writer can create an image in the reader's mind
Ex2) "its raining cats and dogs!"

Can be an overused idiom such as "having butterflies in your stomach"
meaning to be nervous.
A great way to avoid frequently used Cliches is to create your own expression...

"Anastasia was so nervous she had ginger ale in her knees!"
"A literacy intervention curriculum, LANGUAGE!, developed by Dr. Jane Fell Green" (Diliberto 2004)
What is an Onomatopoeia anyways?
An Onomatopoeia is a word
that mimics a sound!
For example, Crash! Bang!
Zoom! Can you think of
any others?
Another way to give not only your writing, but also your characters some personality, is by using dialog.
Which sentence is more interesting to you?

Susie walked cautiously into the dark room and was just realizing there was no one around before she screamed with fright when she saw the ghost.
Susie walked cautiously into the dark room, "I don't think there is anyone in here...AAAGH a ghost!"
By using dialog, you can make your
characters come to life. You can make them talk funny, sophisticated, and even with an accent! It is up to you and how you want your reader to feel about the character.
If these were two different characters
in your story, do you think their dialog
would sound different from eachother?
How do you think they might say hello to one another?
Craft comparisons: making a statement by comparing one thing to something else
She is "Wild as a Chimp!"
Crossword game:
In teams of 2, you and your partner
will need to GIVE the clues to the
descriptive words written in the crossword.
* do not show your partner your crossword!

ex1) Pilgram & Indian
Example of a more creative cliche
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