Presentation on theme: "Writing Workshop Describing a Place"— Presentation transcript:
1Writing Workshop Describing a Place Feature MenuAssignmentPrewritingChoose a PlaceConsider Purpose, Audience, and ToneGather DetailsState Your Controlling ImpressionOrganize Your DetailsPractice and Apply
2Describing a PlaceAssignment: Write an essay in which you describe a place that is both familiar and meaningful to you.Do you have a special place you go to think? to relax? to have fun? Some places have a character all their own. They affect the way we feel and act and stick in our memory.Share your personal picture of a place by writing a descriptive essay. This type of description, in which you express your attitude toward your subject, is called subjective description.[End of Section]
3Describing a Place Prewriting: Choose a Place What are some places that are meaningful to you and that you know well? Think aboutindoor placespublic library, grandmother’s kitchen, school gymnasiumoutdoor spacesbaseball stadium, apple orchard, skate parkAlso, think about places you can describe in a few pages.
4Describing a Place Prewriting: Choose a Place Make a list of a few places you could describe well. Which ones would be most interesting to write about and to read about? Choose the one place that seems to stand out.the kite store downtownDad’s woodworking shopthe baseball stadiumour neighborhood parkthe lake[End of Section]
5Describing a Place Prewriting: Consider Purpose, Audience, and Tone Your purpose is not only to describe a place but also to share your thoughts and feelings about it.Subjective descriptions are usually written from a first-person point of view (using I, we, us, me, and so on.)Note
6Describing a Place Prewriting: Consider Purpose, Audience, and Tone Who is likely to read your essay? Teachers? Classmates? Friends? Family? Think about your audience as you decide what descriptive details to use and how to present them.
7Describing a Place Prewriting: Consider Purpose, Audience, and Tone Your tone is the attitude toward your subject that comes through in your writing.Keep your tone informal and conversational.Let your feelings about the place come across.Whatever tone you choose, keep it consistent throughout your essay.[End of Section]
8Describing a Place Prewriting: Gather Details Use three kinds of details in your description: sensory, factual, and figurative.Sensory details are words and phrases that appeal to the five senses—sight, hearing, touch, smell, and taste. Make sure to include details from all the senses (not just sight).my team running onto the field (sight) the crack of the bat (hearing) smooth wooden seats (touch) hot dogs cooking (smell) warm, buttery popcorn (taste)
9Describing a Place Prewriting: Gather Details Use three kinds of details in your description: sensory, factual, and figurative.Factual details include names, dates, numbers, quotations, and true statements.My mother has been taking my sister and me to the ball park since I was a baby. (true statement)I’ll never forget September 27, 1999, the day the Tigers won the pennant. (date)The stadium seats about 12,000 people. (number)
10Describing a Place Prewriting: Gather Details Use three kinds of details in your description: sensory, factual, and figurative.Figurative details include similes, metaphors, and examples of personification.I always take my mitt with me; it’s like a reliable old pal, ready to help me catch a foul ball one fine day.
11Describing a Place Prewriting: Gather Details Organize your details in a chart like this one:Details for a description of the baseball parkSensory detailsFactual detailsFigurative detailsThoughts and feelings
12Describing a Place Prewriting: Gather Details Details for a description of the baseball parkSensory detailsthe roar of the crowdsticky floorsthe sun setting behind the standsFactual detailsWe go to at least five games every season.The team has had a winning record almost every year.My favorite player signed a baseball for me last season.Finding Details
13Describing a Place Prewriting: Gather Details Details for a description of the baseball parkFigurative detailsThe people piling into the stadium are the blood coursing through its veins; they bring life to the stadium.Thoughts and feelingsI hope this family tradition stays alive for a long time.My mom, my sister, and I would not be as close as we are if it weren’t for all special times we’ve shared at Tigers games.Shifting Vantage Points[End of Section]
14Describing a Place Prewriting: State Your Controlling Impression Your descriptive details will point you to a controlling impression, the main idea or feeling you want to express.Controlling ImpressionDescriptive DetailsDescriptive DetailsDescriptive DetailsKeep your controlling impression in mind as you draft your essay. It will help keep you focused.
15Describing a Place Prewriting: State Your Controlling Impression When you state your controlling impression, make sure to clearly convey your perspective, or point of view, about the place you are describing.Tiger Stadium is a fun and exciting place to be. All the good times we’ve had there have strengthened our special family bonds.[End of Section]
16Describing a Place Prewriting: Organize Your Details Arrange your details using either spatial order or order of importance.Spatial OrderOrganize details according to their location. You can describe a placefrom top to bottomfrom left to rightfrom far away to close up
17Describing a Place Prewriting: Organize Your Details Arrange your details using either spatial order or order of importance.Order of ImportanceOrganize detailsfrom least important to most importantORfrom most important to least important[End of Section]
18Describing a Place Prewriting: Practice and Apply Using the information in this presentation, choose a place to describe. Then, gather details and organize them in a logical way.[End of Section]
20Describing a Place Prewriting: Consider Purpose, Audience, and Tone NoteYour description should be about 1,500 words long.
21Describing a Place Prewriting: Gather Details Use figurative details sparingly. If you use too many, they won’t be effective.
22Describing a Place Prewriting: Gather Details Finding DetailsTo find the details you need, you canobserve the place directlyrecall details from memoryread about the placeinterview other people who have been there
23Describing a Place Prewriting: Gather Details Shifting Vantage PointsConsider shifting vantage points as you list your details. Your vantage point is the position from which you view a place.When you look at a place from a different vantage point—high, low, near, far—you’re bound to find a different set of details.
24Describing a Place Prewriting: Organize Your Details When using spatial order to organize your essay, use signal words and phrases such as on the top, under, next to, to the left, and above.
25Describing a Place Prewriting: Organize Your Details When using order of importance to organize your essay, use signal words and phrases such as most important, then, and finally.