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Descriptive Writing

Use specific noun, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs to make your writing more clear and interesting.
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Michele Thorn

on 19 February 2010

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Transcript of Descriptive Writing

Descriptive Writing who wants a boring sentence
or story? He was there. she did that. They saw it. He said something. It was sad. It could be there. I liked it. Words We have so many.
Let's use them! Nouns Verbs Adjectives Adverbs Tell me what person,
what place, what thing. (person, place, thing, or idea) (action word or words) Tell me exactly what the person did. (describes the noun) Tell me what kind of person.
What is the person like?
What was the place like? (tell about the verb) How is the person doing it? What was the place?
What was the place like? Now you fix the following
sentence. Each group will
roundtable ideas for their
part of speech. The person went to the place. deserted?
noisy?
crowded?
scary? lazy?
generous?
crazy?
lonely? sneakily?
slowly?
noiselessly?
clumbsily? klomped?
skipped?
hurried?
strolled? Tables 1 & 2: Nouns for "person." Tables 3 & 4: Verbs for "went." Table 5: Adjectives to describe "person." Table 6: Adjectives to describe "place." Table 7: Averbs to describe "went." Table 8: Nouns for "place." The person went
to the place. What was the person like? the store?
the park?
the museum? a lady?
a boy?
Mrs. Thorn?
a student? Who was the person? Let's fix this sentence Descriptive Details Sentences are more interesting and informative
if they include descriptive details. Consider which
of the sentences in the following pairs gives a
clearer, more dynamic picture. The boys had ice cream for dessert.
or
For dessert, the boys had chocolate ice
cream with swirls of peanut butter, chunks
of dark chocolate, and bits of almonds. The bike leaned against the tree.
or
The bike, a rusty three-speed that had
seen better days, was leaning against
the tree. I'm a tall fifth-grader
or
I'm lanky and lean. In fact, I sometimes
feel that I am mostly legs. When I fold
myself into my fifth-grade desk, my feet
stick out in the aisle, and my knees bump
the underside of the desk. Now you give it a try.
Think about yourself
and write what you see
in your mind. The following
model may help you. Where?
When?
How?
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