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A quick expressive lesson on imagery for grades 6-9!

Tanya Tarnovsky

on 21 March 2014

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Transcript of Imagery

What is it?
Imagery ---> Imagination
Imagery is the product of appealing to the five senses in your writing
Hey, Elbow Partner!
Imagery Quick-Write
Take three minutes of journal time to describe the sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell of your favorite hot breakfast cooking on a Saturday morning!
Be prepared to share with someone near you.
As the rich, smooth chocolate ice cream melted in my mouth, my teeth chomped on a sweet and gooey marshmallow!
In the middle of the hot and humid Virginia evening, I flipped my pillow to the other side and rested my head against the cool silk cover.
When Sammy came in from outside, his wet fur reeked of must and dew.
Tools for Imagery
Word choice - Using words with a purpose
[Small vs. Insignificant]
Her car engine roared as the '67 Mustang started off down the road. Then suddenly, I heard the exhaust make a loud bang. The car clanked and rattled the entire way home.
His jet black hair was slicked back against his head in the same fashion as a shiny finish is shellacked against a wooden table.
Giving human qualities to an inanimate or non-human object
Making a comparison between two unlike objects
"Where I'm From" by George Ella Lyon
I am from clothespins,
from Clorox and carbon-tetrachloride.
I am from the dirt under the back porch.
(Black, glistening,
it tasted like beets.)
I am from the forsythia bush
the Dutch elm
whose long-gone limbs I remember
as if they were my own.

I'm from fudge and eyeglasses,
from Imogene and Alafair.
I'm from the know-it-alls
and the pass-it-ons,
from Perk up! and Pipe down!
I'm from He restoreth my soul
with a cottonball lamb
and ten verses I can say myself.

I'm from Artemus and Billie's Branch,
fried corn and strong coffee.
From the finger my grandfather lost
to the auger,
the eye my father shut to keep his sight.

Under my bed was a dress box
spilling old pictures,
a sift of lost faces
to drift beneath my dreams.
I am from those moments--
snapped before I budded --
leaf-fall from the family tree.
Let's give it a shot!
Where are you from?
Think of the smells, tastes, sights, sounds, and looks of your home. In the style of George Ella Lyon, create a rough draft poem using vivid imagery to describe where you come from.
Aim for at least 10 lines.
Rhyme is optional.
Don't forget to use personification, metaphor, simile, and appropriate diction (word choice).
Get those journals back out!
Revise your description of Saturday morning breakfast. Add in at least 2 of the 4 techniques or highlight examples you have already used!:
Makes a comparison between two unlike objects using the words "like" or "as"
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