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Writing Workshop Describing a Place Assignment Prewriting Choose a Place Consider Purpose, Audience, and Tone Gather Details State Your Controlling Impression.

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1 Writing Workshop Describing a Place Assignment Prewriting Choose a Place Consider Purpose, Audience, and Tone Gather Details State Your Controlling Impression Organize Your Details Practice and Apply Feature Menu

2 Assignment: Write an essay in which you describe a place that is both familiar and meaningful to you. Describing a Place 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]

3 What are some places that are meaningful to you and that you know well? Think about Describing a Place Prewriting: Choose a Place Also, think about places you can describe in a few pages. public library, grandmother’s kitchen, school gymnasium indoor places baseball stadium, apple orchard, skate park outdoor spaces

4 the kite store downtown Dad’s woodworking shop the baseball stadium our neighborhood park the lake Describing 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. [End of Section]

5 Describing a Place Prewriting: Consider Purpose, Audience, and Tone Subjective descriptions are usually written from a first-person point of view (using I, we, us, me, and so on.) Purpose Your purpose is not only to describe a place but also to share your thoughts and feelings about it. Note

6 Describing a Place Prewriting: Consider Purpose, Audience, and Tone Audience 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.

7 Describing a Place Prewriting: Consider Purpose, Audience, and Tone Keep your tone informal and conversational. Tone Your tone is the attitude toward your subject that comes through in your writing. Let your feelings about the place come across. Whatever tone you choose, keep it consistent throughout your essay. [End of Section]

8 Describing 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)

9 Describing a Place Prewriting: Gather Details 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) Factual details include names, dates, numbers, quotations, and true statements. Use three kinds of details in your description: sensory, factual, and figurative.

10 Describing a Place Prewriting: Gather Details 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. Figurative details include similes, metaphors, and examples of personification. Use three kinds of details in your description: sensory, factual, and figurative.

11 Describing a Place Prewriting: Gather Details Organize your details in a chart like this one: Details for a description of the baseball park Sensory details Factual details Figurative details Thoughts and feelings

12 Describing a Place Prewriting: Gather Details Finding Details Details for a description of the baseball park Sensory details the roar of the crowd sticky floors the sun setting behind the stands Factual details We 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.

13 Describing a Place Prewriting: Gather Details Details for a description of the baseball park Figurative details The people piling into the stadium are the blood coursing through its veins; they bring life to the stadium. Thoughts and feelings I 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]

14 Describing 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. Keep your controlling impression in mind as you draft your essay. It will help keep you focused. Controlling Impression Descriptive Details

15 Describing 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]

16 Describing a Place Prewriting: Organize Your Details Arrange your details using either spatial order or order of importance. Organize details according to their location. You can describe a place Spatial Order from top to bottom from left to right from far away to close up

17 Describing a Place Prewriting: Organize Your Details Arrange your details using either spatial order or order of importance. Organize details Order of Importance from least important to most important from most important to least important OR [End of Section]

18 Describing 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]

19 The End

20 Describing a Place Prewriting: Consider Purpose, Audience, and Tone Note Your description should be about 1,500 words long.

21 Describing a Place Prewriting: Gather Details Use figurative details sparingly. If you use too many, they won’t be effective.

22 Describing a Place Prewriting: Gather Details Finding Details To find the details you need, you can observe the place directly recall details from memory read about the place interview other people who have been there

23 Describing a Place Prewriting: Gather Details Shifting Vantage Points Consider 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.

24 Describing 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.

25 Describing 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.


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