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Copy of GCSE English Descriptive Writing

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Descriptive Writing
The snow fell from the sky, it was cold and smelt nice. I could hear the wind.
Gigantic, white snowflakes fell from the frosty sky. The beautiful snow was cold and sharp as I felt it land on my fingertips. I could smell the clear, crisp night air rushing up my nose, as the wind howled in the distance.
What can you...
Smell?
See?
Hear?
Feel?
Taste?
This is achieved through DESCRIPTIVE TECHNIQUES
Whereas showing consists of this:
Can you think
of more exciting
synonyms (for each
of the senses)
for...
HOT
COLD
ROUGH
SMOOTH
TASTY
Aims:
Identify the difference between 'showing' & 'telling'
Identify the 5 senses required for effective descriptive writing
Define & create modification, metaphor, simile & personification
Descriptive Writing
Showing rather than telling!
This means that rather than
simply giving a vague, factual
description of a scene, you should
convey it in such a way that the
reader can SEE it as though
they're there.
TELLING consists of this:
There are numerous techniques
you can use to SHOW your audience
rather than TELL them.
These are:
Modification
Metaphors
Similes
Personification
Modification
A modifier is a word that in some way changes the meaning of another word
Adjectives
An adjective is simply a word that describes a 'thing'
e.g. the big, blue monster chased them into the dark, long tunnel.
Adverbs
Adverbs are words that describe an action
The big, blue monster chased them loudly and ferociously into the long, dark tunnel
Simile
A simile is a descriptive technique that directly compares one thing to another,
using the words "like" or "as"
Life is like a box of chocolates: you never know what you're going to get
Metaphor
A metaphor is a technique that describes one thing by saying it IS something else, or which creates an image that is not literal
George is such a sheep - he just does what they tell him.
Her head was spinning; she couldn't believe
he'd said it.
Personification
Personification is a descriptive technique where you give inanimate objects human characteristics
e.g. the clouds wept
Descriptive writing requires you to explore the 5 senses
Once you've identified some ideas, you then need to start experimenting with words
to make sure that you are conveying the EXACT scene you are trying to describe
Different words that share a similar meaning with another are called
synonyms
Synonyms = better description & wider vocabulary
This = a better story
and this = higher marks!
e.g. the word
HARSH
Stony
Piercing
Acidic
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