2 What is a descriptive paragraph? Describes how something or someone looks or feelsInclude how the writer feels, i.e. writer’s impression‘Creates a sensory image on the reader’s mind. That s, it paints a picture with words.Descriptive paragraphs let the reader touch, taste, see, hear and smell what you are describing.A successful description uses vivid vocabulary, including colorful adjectives and a lot of descriptive details.
3 We divide Ddescriptive Pparagraphs into 3 types: Description of a personDescription of a placeDescription of a thing or experience
4 Imagery: Mental Picture Imagery is the use of words to create images, or mental pictures.Imagery helps youpicture how something:* looks* sounds* smells* tastes* feels
5 dark. friendly music soft dry green. relaxed. spicy dark friendly music soft dry green relaxed spicy exciting humid sharp sweet fragrant loud quiet warmLook Sound Smell Feel
6 Relaxing at the BeachThe beach is the perfect place for me. The air is hot, but the water is cool and fresh. I enjoy swimming and surfing in the ocean. When I am tired, I come out and lie on the beach. The sand is soft and white. The beach is noisy with seagulls and children laughing, but it is a pleasant noise. I even like the beach smells. The air smells salty from the sea. I feel relaxed and peaceful. When I want to relax in summer, I go to the beach.
7 Adding Specific Details General LanguageI bought a car.We heard a noiseSuddenly, I smelled food.I bought some furnitureSpecific LanguageI bought a 2005 Japanese Toyota.We heard the sound of breaking glass.Suddenly, I smelled steak and onion.I bought a wooden chair and a set of utensils.
8 Activity 1: Adding Specific Details to the Following: Maria found some jewelry in the basement.My friend bought me a book for my birthday.My father enjoyed making things.We always have vegetables with dinner.In the picture, the person is holding something.Our room looked out over some nice views.
9 Activity 2: Underline five words or phrases that could be made more specific, then replace them with more specific details.My Lost Treasure Box When I left my hometown, my relative gave me a special box. She said I could use the box to keep my special treasures. The box was made of a special material, and it was painted a bright color. When I opened it, it played a pretty song. I kept this box on my dresser and I used it to store my things. Unfortunately, I lost my beautiful box when I moved to a different city, but I will always remember it and my relative who gave it to me.
10 A Horrible Hotel_____________________________________ ___________. The rooms are small, dark and dirty. There is no air conditioning in summer, so the rooms are very hot. Because there is no heating, the rooms are cold in winter. There are no big windows,_______________________ __________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________. That is why I want to warn you not to stay in that hotel.
11 or the reverse of any of these SPACE ORDERSpatial order shows how people and objects are arranged in a space or scene. A description can be organized spatially in several ways:From top to bottom,Outside to inside,Left to right,Near to far,or the reverse of any of these
12 ExampleIn Mr. Adam’s classroom we see a lot of interesting things. To the left of the class, we see 10 posters in the colors of the rainbow. To the right of the room is a black radio on top of the silver file cabinets. In the back, there is a huge blue curtain hanging on the wall. In front of the class is a green, rectangular chalkboard.
13 My Favorite CaféMy favorite place to relax is a small café down the street from where I live. This café is on a small side street and as soon as you see it, you feel like going in. There are three windows on either side of the door, and each window has a small window box with brightly colored flowers. There is a small wooden door that opens into the café, and as soon as you go in, you can see a dozen small tables all around the room. I always like to sit at a small table in the corner near the front windows. From here, I can look at the artwork on the walls and at the pretty green plants hanging from the ceiling. With a strong cup of coffee and a good book, I feel very happy and relaxed in my favorite place.
14 Prepositions for Descriptive Writing in front of / in back of/ behindon top of / on the bottom of / next toAbove / below / underneathto the right / to the leftin the middle ofaroundbetween
15 My Mother’s KitchenMy mother’s kitchen is not very big, but it is warm and comfortable. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________. Now I live far away, but I often think about my mother’s kitchen.
16 My Mother’s KitchenMy mother’s kitchen is not very big, but it is warm and comfortable. My mother cooks a lot, and her kitchen smells spicy and sweet. On the left side, there is a nice, small fridge with some family pictures placed on fridge’s door. To the right, there is a small, round table with four wooden chairs. In the left corner of the kitchen stands the food cabinet which has my mother’s favourite spices and utensils. Sometimes my brother and I sat on the chairs watching my mother cooking. We liked learning new things, working together, and making delicious foods. Now I live far away, but I often think about my mother’s kitchen.
17 How warm or cold is the place? How does the place make you feel? Activity: Write a description of a place by answering some of these questions:Where is the place?How big is it?How warm or cold is the place?How does the place make you feel?What things can you see in the place?What colors do you see?What sounds do you hear?What smell do you find in this place?
18 The Beach in HawaiiA beach in Hawaii is like a paradise. To start with, the beach smells fresh like a new ocean air freshener. The sand is so hot that when you walk on it after the sea, you feel like you walk on a burning grill. Not far from the shore, you can see the palm trees. They sway in the air from the strong wind. In a distance, there is a beautiful house by the water, so you can see the navy blue ocean every day. People are laughing and playing on the burning sand, and others are relaxing on the beach sunbathing. From a far distance the ocean is a deep navy blue. At nights, you can only hear the waves of the ocean and the light wind which comes from the huge palm trees. To sum up, this beach is an amazing place for a perfect summer holiday.
19 The Beach in HawaiiA beach in Hawaii is like a paradise. To start with, the beach smells fresh like a new ocean air freshener. The sand is so hot that when you walk on it after the sea, you feel like you walk on a burning grill. Not far from the shore, you can see the palm trees. They sway in the air from the strong wind. In a distance, there is a beautiful house by the water, so you can see the navy blue ocean every day. People are laughing and playing on the burning sand, and others are relaxing on the beach sunbathing. From a far distance the ocean is a deep navy blue. At nights, you can only hear the waves of the ocean and the light wind which comes from the huge palm trees. To sum up, this beach is an amazing place for a perfect summer holiday.
20 I take care of my expensive, old bicycle. Using AdjectivesAdjectives are words that describe nouns. Writers use adjectives to give readers a more complete picture of the people, places and things they want to describe.Identify the adjectives in the following sentences:I take care of my expensive, old bicycle.I am fond of my house plants.It has broad green leaves and delicate, white flowers.I bought a straw hat at a music festival.It was not expensive, but I liked it because it was practical and attractive.I bought my mug at a small tourist shop at the airport.
21 Using AdjectivesChange the following sentences by adding two or three adjectives:My umbrella is like an old friend.No one understands why I still wear my jeans.If I could save one thing from the fire, it would be my chair.My mother gave me a ring.My brother owned a car.
22 Ordering Adjectives Sometimes we use two or more adjectives together: My parents live in a nice new houseA dirty old black cat is wandering the streets1. OPINION Adjectives Adjectives like nice and dirty are opinion adjectives. They tell us what you think about somebody or something. Opinion adjectives usually go before fact adjectives2. FACT AdjectivesAdjectives like new, old, black are fact adjectives. They give us factual information about, age and colour.
23 Ordering Adjectives 2. FACT Adjectives Sometimes we use two or more fact adjectives. Very often, we put fact adjectives in this order :1- SIZE : How big ? large, small, tiny, huge2- AGE : How old ? new, young, old, ancient3- SHAPE : What shape ? square, round, rectangular, flat4- COLOUR : What colour ? blue, pink, yellow, crimson5- ORIGIN : Where from ? English, American, Chinese6- MATERIAL: What it is made of ? plastic, wooden, glass, wooden7- PURPOSE : What it is used for ? racing car, frying pan, rocking chair Examples: An interesting (opinion ) old (2) book An ugly (opinion) pink (4 ) plastic (6) necklace A nice (opinion) small (1) African (5) drum A delicious (opinion) round (3) chocolate (6) cake A pair of smart( opinion) brown (4) leather (6) boots A beautiful (opinion) small (1) white (4) Chinese (5 ) computer
24 Ordering AdjectivesExercise:1. At home there is (a wooden beautiful square ) table in the dining room. 2. I was offered (gold unusual an) ring by my husband. 3. My grandmother has knitted ( a new woolen nice) pullover for me. 4. I saw (an American interesting old) movie with friends at home. 5. It may rain ! There are (black big ) clouds floating in the air. 6. Last week, I visited (a little old lovely ) village in a remote7. It started to rain so I opened (red yellow huge a) umbrella8. John was given (an black little adorable) cat by his sister.9. A (new shiny sports Italian) car was parked opposite my house.10. It was such (a sunny lovely ) day that we decided to go out for a walk.
25 Describing People1. Age: twenty-one, a young thirty-five, elderly, old, middle-aged, in his mid fifties, in her thirties.2. Hair: a- color: dark, blonde, gray,b- length: straight, short, long, curly, bald, wavy3. Eyes: Color : blue, dark, brown, green.Shape: large, round, almond-shape4. Height: tall, 180 cm, short 155 cm tall, average5. Facial features: Face: smooth, lined, wrinkled, thineyebrows: bushy6. body: thin, fat, chubby, well-built
26 Describing People1. Complete the missing parts of the following paragraph from the list:[ fair, straight, blue, wrinkled, thin, old, bushy, round, twenties, 175 cm, sixties, short ]Khalil is an _______ man in his mid ________. His face is ________ and ________. His hair is _________ and graying and his eyebrows are _________. Nora, on the other hand, is in her late __________. She has ____________ hair, and ___________, _________ eyes. She is approximately ___________ tall.
27 Jack CollinsJack Collins is the most amazing person I have ever met. He came to my school and talked about his difficult life in prison. He was in prison for 15 years. He made a lot of mistakes when he was young, but now he has changed his life. He saw a lot of violence in prison, so he uses his experience to help high school students. Jack is tall and strong and looks a little scary. The thing I remember most is his sensitive personality. He really wants to help young people. In a word, I’ve never anyone like Jack before.
28 My Best friend’s Grandfather My best friend’s grandfather tells great stories about his life._____________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________. I can learn many things from his stories.
29 My Best friend’s Grandfather My best friend’s grandfather tells great stories about his life. He is 94 years old, but his voice is still strong and clear. He speaks quietly and slowly when he tells stories. His life was difficult when he was young. His family didn’t have much money, so he worked hard to support them. Even though his life was not easy, he is positive and optimistic. I can learn many things from his stories.
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