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Prewriting activity for the Description of a Place activity from the AVID curriculum

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  1. 1. Descriptions
  2. 2. Observe <ul><li>As you look at the following pictures think about: </li></ul><ul><li>What emotions/moods/tones evoked </li></ul><ul><li>sensory details—what it looks like (focusing on sight details) </li></ul><ul><li>what it might sound, smell, taste, or feel like </li></ul>
  3. 3. Picture #1
  4. 4. Picture #2
  5. 5. Picture #3
  6. 6. Picture #4
  7. 7. List <ul><li>Make a list of places that are significant to you </li></ul>
  8. 8. Narrow <ul><li>Highlight the places on you list that are the most interesting to you, the places that might offer the best descriptions. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Cluster <ul><li>Write the name of the place in the center of a blank sheet of paper and draw a circle around it. </li></ul><ul><li>Identify a few details about the place and write them down, </li></ul><ul><li>Circle each and drawing a line to connect it to the central topic. </li></ul><ul><li>Surround each detail with specific sensory images </li></ul>
  10. 10. Guided Visualization Close your eyes
  11. 11. Guided Visualization <ul><li>What does your place look like? </li></ul><ul><li>What does it sound like? </li></ul><ul><li>What does it feel like? Are there specific textures to your place? </li></ul><ul><li>What does your place smell like? </li></ul><ul><li>What does it taste like? </li></ul><ul><li>See yourself at this place. What are you doing? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the “mood” of this place—is it cheerful, somber, reflective, or...? What is it about your place that gives it this mood? </li></ul>
  12. 12. Open your eyes <ul><li>Add more details to you cluster </li></ul>
  13. 13. QuickWrite <ul><li>About any or all of the ideas in your cluster. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Reflection <ul><li>Do I know and remember this place well enough to describe it clearly? </li></ul><ul><li>Have I chosen a place which evokes a strong, identifiable mood? </li></ul><ul><li>Have I chosen a place specific enough to be manageable, but complex enough to provide me with the material I need? </li></ul><ul><li>What was it like when the place was new to you? Try to describe its newness and unfamiliarity in a way that captures a mood. </li></ul><ul><li>Walk your reader through this place. Try to write in a way that allows your reader to look through your eyes and see what you see as you revisit this place. Guide the eyes of your readers, allowing them to see only what you want them to see to get the full impact of the place. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Critique-Give your paper to a partner <ul><li>What seems to be the most significant thing about the place? </li></ul><ul><li>Why do you think the writer chose it as a subject? </li></ul><ul><li>How well could you see or experience this place? What details are especially memorable or powerful? </li></ul><ul><li>Are you able to sense an identifiable mood? If so, how would you describe it? Where does the writing evoke this mood? </li></ul>
  16. 16. Assignment <ul><li>Pick a place that is memorable to you and describe it, use a consistent point of view and vivid details to allow your reader to really “see” and experience this place. Use descriptive details to communicate a particular mood about your place that will leave an impression on the reader. </li></ul>