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Using Sensory Details! 4th grade

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Paige Slaughter

on 20 April 2011

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Transcript of Using Sensory Details! 4th grade

Using the Five Senses to Enhance Your Writing Sight Sound Touch Taste Smell This is the one sense that provides most of the detail for our stories. Our words become our readers' eyes, giving us a blank canvas upon which to paint a picture to tell our story. The apple was bright green, its skin polished and shining as it nestled in the fruit bowl (sight). Because we can't see when we read, the writer must use other senses to paint the picture. We'll use the sense of hearing first. Take a scary sound for instance... You wonder if you were hearing things, and you're so desperate for the darkness to lighten you forget to blink. The blackness seems to swirl around you, cloaking you in a thick, black fog through which no light can penetrate. Suddenly it's there again, only this time the scratching seems closer. And louder. It seems to last a bit longer this time. So you hold your breath, because that darkness doesn't seem to be lifting. You've lost the sense of sight, so by not breathing you hope to hear the sound more clearly, and identify its location... The sense of touch can allow us to describe things most us will probably try to never touch, like slime, frogs and warty skin. Opening the wooden box in the hotel bathroom, she recoiled in horror. Nestling quietly in the bottom of the box, white and shining, was a cluster of cotton balls. She stepped back, collapsing on the side of the bath. The mere thought of feeling those soft fibres squeaking as the ball pressed against her skin was enough to induce goosebumps. The sense of smell is a lot like the sense of taste. Smells are often associated with memories people have, so you want to use these details when writing so your audience will make a connection. As she applied the finishing touches to the client's hair, a sharp smell suddenly entered her nostrils. It was a smell she hated and dreaded, because it was an odor so terrible that it remained burned into her memory forever. Writers have the ability to make your mouth water or wrinkle your nose in disgust. Good writers use a ton of adjectives when describing the tasting of food. Some of these include: rich, delicious, sweet, fresh, ripe... He swirled the mushy substance around in his mouth before swallowing it. It seemed to sting his tongue and caused his eyes to water. When he swallowed the repulsive goo, his throat tingled. He didn't want to be impolite, so he resisted the urge to cough. Instead, he reached for the glass of water next to his plate, took a sip, and choked down the meatloaf. Where is the sound coming from? How close is it? Will I be able to feel it if it decides to climb on the bed? When will my eyes get used to the darkness? Should I start panicking now? If I get out of bed will it jump on top of me? Continuing with our scary story..... Bad smells can sometimes mean something bad is about to happen or has already happened, so we might want to use these in our story. Adjectives include: smelly, reeking, fetid, malodorous, rank, putrid and noxious. And some of the not so tasty adjectivies... pungent, sour, acrid, bitter, fetid, stinking, putrid, decaying, rancid, reek, stale and bad.
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