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Descriptive Writing

Descriptive Writing

Lesson Objectives: 1 Explore ways to make writing descriptive.

2 Be able to write descriptively.

Key words:

Noun phrase

Verb

Vocabulary

A noun is

a) An action or doing word

b) A type of Indian bread

c) A person, place or thing

A verb is

a) An action or doing word

b) Something that makes your pizza taste better

c) A person, place or thing

Vocabulary is

a) word choice

b) sentence length

c) The way you speak

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Explore ways to make writing descriptive

Explore ways to make writing descriptive

These nouns are PRE-MODIFIED they have extra information in front of them.

Noun phrases

Copy these noun phrases and underline the noun:

White wedding

Big, bad wolf

Bare long essay

Three little pigs

Verbs

Copy these sentences and underline the verb:

It was covered in mud.

He walked alone through the house.

Katie looked at her mother.

Q: Why do you think nouns are pre-modified? What is the effect?

Now think of a more interesting synonym for each verb. Use a thesaurus if you wish.

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Pre-modified nouns

Pre-modified nouns

Exciting verb choices; some personification

Generally exciting vocabulary, mostly relating to riches, elegance and sophistication

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Be able to write descriptively

Be able to write descriptively

Adjective bank:

Soft

Smooth

Rich

Divine

You are going to receive your own chocolate. Eat the chocolate, and then write your own description of it. Be as expressive as possible, and try to use:

Pre-modified nouns

Exciting verbs

Suitable vocabulary

Verb bank:

Wrapped

Swathed

Draped

Use these words to help you, or even better, find your own use a thesaurus!

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2 Be able to write descriptively

2 Be able to write descriptively

What they look like

Many of the characters in Of Mice and Men are lonely and depressed. Write one paragraph about a lonely and depressed character in todays society.

Tell us:

Where they live

Why they are lonely and depressed

You must be as descriptive as possible, using the skills from todays lesson.

You could use figurative language: similes, metaphors, personification

Possible reasons for loneliness / depression:

Racism homelessness bullying poverty or your own idea!

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Homework

Homework

Finish your descriptive paragraph.

Due:

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