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Sensory Language

Objective: Students will understand what sensory language is, find evidence of imagery in an excerpt from an autobiography, and write paragraphs using sensory details to create imagery.
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John Hood

on 21 December 2012

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Transcript of Sensory Language

Excerpted and adapted from the autobiography of Helen Keller "The Story of My Life"

"They tell me I walked the day I was a year old. I was suddenly attracted by the flickering shadows of leaves that danced in the sunlight on the smooth floor. But these happy days did not last long. One brief spring, filled with the music of robins and mockingbirds, one summer rich in fruit and roses, one autumn of gold and crimson, sped by and left their gifts at the feet of a delighted child." Sensory Language TEKS 4.8 - Students understand, make inferences and draw conclusions about how an author's sensory language creates imagery in literary text and provide evidence from text to support their understanding. Authors use sensory language to create imagery, or pictures, in the reader’s mind. They often use the five senses to create descriptions. sight
sound
smell
taste
touch Excerpted and adapted from the autobiography of Helen Keller "The Story of My Life"

"They tell me I walked the day I was a year old. I was suddenly attracted by the flickering shadows of leaves that danced in the sunlight on the smooth floor. But these happy days did not last long. One brief spring, filled with the music of robins and mockingbirds, one summer rich in fruit and roses, one autumn of gold and crimson, sped by and left their gifts at the feet of a delighted child." What part of speech (nouns, verbs, adjectives) were most of the words we found? Adjectives Adjectives are words that describe nouns and can be used to describe the five senses. EXAMPLE
I grasped the rubbery skin between my fingers and plucked the yellow lemon wedge off the side of my glass of tea. As I squeezed the lemon, a fresh, clean aroma filled the air. I watched as cloudy swirls drifted in my tea, and my mouth began to water. When I took a sip, a hint of the sour juice was left behind on my lips. Delicious! Write a short paragraph describing the candy so that you are creating an image in the reader’s mind. a. What kind of language did we talk about today?


b. What do authors use to create sensory language?


c. What are pictures in a reader’s mind called?


d. Why is it important for authors to use sensory language? Peppermints Discuss with your group as you explore. Which senses does it evoke? What adjectives can we use to descirbe it? Group
Discussion Review flickering
rich
gold
crimson
danced
smooth
happy EXAMPLE: Slice of lemon

SIGHT
Yellow, wedge

SOUND
none

SMELL
Fresh, clean, lemony

TASTE
Sour, juicy

TOUCH
Rubbery skin, cool, wet The phrase "_____" is important
because -
When the author used the words "____", what was the impact on the reader?
What was the author's purpose in using the phrase "_____"?
What did the phrase "_____" in paragraph __ mean? STAAR Question Stems
(What it can look like on the test!) Demonstrate English comprehension and expand reading skills by employing inferential skills such as drawing inferences and conclusions from text and find supporting text evidence with content-area needs. ELPS 1(H)
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