Give an explanation of why he is _________. By this I mean… This means that… To clarify… To explicate… In other words…
Give an example of him being _________. For example… For instance… An example of… To exemplify
Let’s practice these three additional ways to elaborate. Describe: Tell what he looks like in literal language. Describe: Tell what he looks like in figurative language. Personal Experience: Relate a personal experience to show what you mean.
Let’s practice these three additional ways to elaborate. Cause/Effect: Describe him using cause and effect (Because, as a result) Compare/Contrast: Describe him by comparing or contrasting him to someone else (Compares to, but) Another’s Experience: Describe him with another person’s experience (he, she, they)
Mr. Marvin… Mr. Marvin is scary. What I mean by this is that he makes people fear for their lives. For example, the children in the neighborhood avoid walking past his house. The community would describe him as someone that is dressed for Halloween every day. Because of his terrifying appearance, he doesn’t have many friends and never married. There are few people as scary as Mr. Marvin.
Support and Elaboration Strategies: Now you try!