Today’s Objectives Writing – The Descriptive Paragraph Clichés Idiom of the Day
Part 1- What is Descriptive Writing? Descriptive writing uses sensory images to describe what the writer sees, hears, smells, touches, and tastes. It paints a clear description of people, places, objects, or events.
4 Descriptive Writing Key Word Prompts Describe your bedroom. Imagine telling someone who has never visited you. YOU MUST DESCRIBE OR TELL WHAT A PERSON CAN SEE, HEAR, SMELL, TASTE OR FEEL.
What are Descriptions? Descriptions are words that give the listener or reader some idea of how something looks, sounds, smells, tastes, or feels.
Write a Description Your goal as a writer is to describe something so well that your reader will see, in his or her imagination, what you have experienced!
Important things to remember about details Sensory details help readers re- create your experiences in their imagination. Sensory details are words capturing the look, smell, sound, feel, or taste of things.
Sensory Details Sensory details aren’t limited to bare appearances. Using comparisons and figurative language can also create descriptive, sensory images!
Descriptive Writing Descriptive writing describes an object, place, or person in a way that creates a vivid impression in the reader's mind, enabling the reader to visualize what or who is being described.
Descriptive Writing Details should go beyond the general. For instance, “The house was big and nice.” Details should enable the reader to picture or relate to what the writer is describing.
Descriptive Writing Rather than: The house was big and nice; Sensory details elaborate, such as: The massive brick structure sprawled across a quarter acre of ground and rose more than sixty feet into the air.
Descriptive Writing No matter how the description is used, students should: -include plenty of details; -use figurative language; -organize details; -show, not tell;
Purpose of Descriptive Writing It describes something in an original and unique way so that it appeals to the five senses: Touch Taste Hear Sight Smell
Rather than write: “The pillow was soft.” Write: “The fluffy pillow swelled with soft down and ample cotton bolstering.” Touch
Rather than write: “The pizza tasted good.” Write: “The hot bubbly cheese with warm Italian pepperoni was a special delight.” Taste
Rather than write: “I heard the bird chirp.” Write: The bird emitted a long and languorous melody.” Hear
Rather than write: “The perfume smelled nice.” Write: The fragrance was a mix of robust lavender and a hint of lemon citrus. Smell
Rather than Write: “Tom looked sick.” Write: “Tom’s sunken yellow eyes and pallid, sallow skin indicated an illness.” Sight
Part 2 - Clichés: The Descriptive Killer Clichés are overused and overworked words and phrases that you hear all the time. “Whatever” is a cliché. Don’t use it.
Avoid Clichés “ Her face was as red as a beet.” is another example of an overused cliché. If you have heard it, or seen it in print, it’s probably a cliché.
Finding Cliché’s You’ve heard it before, but not often. Is it a cliché? One of the best places to look: Cliché finder http://www.westegg.Com/clic he/ http://www.westegg.Com/clic he/
Assignment Using the Sensory Details Worksheet, describe your favorite holiday. Include why the holiday is celebrated. Describe some of the tastes, sights and sounds that accompany the holiday.
Name Date Class Period Sensory Observation Chart Directions: State your topic. Then, list what you have observed through your senses in the appropriate areas. Sight Sound Touch Taste Smell Topic Copyright 2012 by Chad Manis, Teacher-Written &duware'DailyTeachingTools.com Favorite Holiday