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Writing Using Sensory Words

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Tina Holenchick

on 28 April 2015

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Writing Using Sensory Words
How did you describe your fruit?
What does it mean to use sensory details?
Good descriptive writing includes vivid sensory details that paint a picture and appeals to all of the readers senses of sight, hearing, touch, smell, and taste.
SHOW
what's happening rather than just telling.
ELACC8W3:
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.
d.
Use precise words and phrases, relevant descriptive details, and sensory language to capture the action and convey experiences and events.
Example:
“The car hit the guardrail, causing it to roll.”

Using sensory details:

“The car blasted through the guardrail, went into a free-fall, then spun around in the air and landed sideways.”

Good writing activates your
ears
,
eyes
,
nose
,
fingers
, and
lips
.
What you see
– the sensory details your eyes bring
What you physically feel
– your sensory touch
What you taste
– an example of using your tongue in writing: “She spoke of fruit that tasted the way sapphires look…” writes Toni Morrison in Paradise.
What you sniff
–describe the way it smells
What you hear
- how does it sound?

Two interesting tips about your senses in writing:

Sensory details are used best in conjunction

Touch and taste are the most specific of the senses, because they’re unique to the individual experiencing them. Sound, sight, and smell are available to others nearby.
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