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Descriptive writing 1

  1. 1. 1<br />Writing Unit<br /> Descriptive<br />
  2. 2. 2<br />Descriptions are words that give the listener or reader some idea of how something looks, sounds, smells, tastes, or feels.<br />
  3. 3. 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 in life!<br />
  4. 4. 4<br /> Using the five stages of the writing process to create a descriptive piece: <br />Prewriting<br />Drafting<br />Revising<br />Editing<br />Publishing<br />
  5. 5. 5<br />What Is Descriptive Writing?<br />Descriptive writing creates a picture of a person, place, thing, or event. <br />A good description works with all of the senses…<br />Sight, smell, taste, touch, hearing-<br /> Descriptive writing is the only type of writing which can be and should be used in all other forms: Expository, Narrative, and Persuasive <br />
  6. 6. Descriptive writing is the only type of writing which can be and should be used in all other forms: Expository, Narrative, and Persuasive<br />
  7. 7. 7<br />Good Descriptive Writing Includes…<br />Vivid sensory details-details appealing to one or more of the five senses<br />This is often best achieved by using vocabulary that includes specific nouns, active verbs, adjectives, and adverbs. <br />A clear, consistent organization using either spatial, chronological, or thematic order<br />Links between sensory details and the feelings or thoughts they inspire<br />A main impression to which EACH detail adds<br />
  8. 8. 8<br />Types of Descriptive Writing<br />Descriptions of people or places-These portray the physical appearance of a person or place and show readers why the subject is important or special.<br />Remembrances-Capture a memorable experience in the writer’s life, either a specific moment or a longer period.<br />Observations-Describe an event the writer has witnessed.<br />Vignettes-Capture a single moment in the writer’s life, painting a picture with words.<br />
  9. 9. 9<br />Descriptive Writing Tools Review<br />Adjectives<br />-Modify nouns and pronouns<br /> ~They usually come before the modified word.<br /> ~They can be separated by a comma if they are equal.<br />-Appeal to the senses<br />-Answer the following questions:<br /> ~What kind?<br /> ~Which one?<br /> ~How many?<br /> ~How much?<br />*For more information, read pages 348-358 in your text.<br />Adverbs<br />-Modify verbs, adjectives, and other adverbs<br />-They usually end in –ly, but not always! <br />-Answer the following questions:<br /> ~Where?<br /> ~When?<br /> ~To what extent?<br />~In what way?/How?<br />*For more information, read pages 360-365 in your text.<br />
  10. 10. 10<br />Mini Activity<br />Directions:<br />On a piece of paper, write “photo one.” <br />Underneath of the title, number lines 1-5.<br />Look at the picture on the next slide. Next to each number, you need to write a specific/vivid adjective or phrase that describes the photo well. <br />Repeat the process for the photos shown. <br />
  11. 11. 11<br />Eighth Grade Photos<br />
  12. 12. 12<br />Description of a Person<br />
  13. 13. 13<br />Description of an Animal<br />
  14. 14. 14<br />Description of a Plant<br />
  15. 15. 15<br />Description of a Plant II<br />
  16. 16. 16<br />Description of an Object<br />
  17. 17. 17<br />Description of an Object II<br />
  18. 18. 18<br />Description of a Scene<br />
  19. 19. 19<br />Description of a Person<br />
  20. 20. 20<br />Description of an Animal<br />
  21. 21. 21<br />Description of an Animal II<br />
  22. 22. 22<br />Description of an Object<br />
  23. 23. 23<br />Description of a Scene<br />
  24. 24. 24<br />Important things to remember about details…<br />Sensory details help readers re-create your experiences in their imaginations. <br /> -Sensory details are words capturing the look, smell, sound, feel, or taste of things.<br /> -Sensory details aren’t limited to bare appearances. Using comparisons and figurative language can also create descriptive, sensory images!<br />

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