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Transcript of Descriptive Language
**Figures of Speech
** Specific words that make a description as clear and sharp as possible
**words and descriptions that appeal to one or more of the five senses - sight, hearing, touch, taste, smell
**words or phrases that describe one thing by comparing it to something else
**a comparison using the words "like" or "as"
**a direct comparison that says one thing IS another thing
**busy as a bee
blind as a bat
light as a feather
sick as a dog
like two peas in a pod
smoke like a chimney
work like a dog
eat like a pig
We watched the fire and it smelled good.
The warm reds and yellows blazed from the fire pit as the smell of burning kindling made its way through the forest.
**SHOW! DON'T TELL!
Surfing is fun and exciting. I like it alot. It is such a unique experience.
I popped out from underneath the salty foam of the ocean, still lying on the sticky board. The water burned my eyes, but my smile was a mile wide. I laughed.
The 6'8'' basketball player strutted across the court to receive the MVP trophy.
** Exact Words
He walked across the court to receive the trophy
The boy ate pizza
I play soccer. It is awesome.
Homework is boring.
Write a descriptive paragraph on the topic of your choice. Have at least one example of:
- sensory language
- exact words (examples must be
**Listing events does not properly paint a "mental picture" for the reader
**I was very nervous
**I can feel my heartbeat throbbing in my ears.
Which one paints the better mental picture? Why?
WOD2(Writing of the Day) Please write down the following directions:
Invent a monster and describe it. Tell where it lives, what it eats, and what it does. (3-4 sentences)
Creating a strong hook
First sentence of the paper the "hooks" the reader, leaving them wanting to know more
Who is my audience?
Appeal to them
Is my hook consistent with the rest of my writing?
How do you want your reader to feel?