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Elaborate. Using a sentence carousel Source: http:// www.learnnc.org/lp/pages/3373 By DPI Writing Strategies

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Elaborate

Elaborate

Using a sentence carousel

Source: http://www.learnnc.org/lp/pages/3373

By DPI Writing Strategies

LEARN NC, a program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education, finds the most innovative and successful practices in K–12 education and makes them available to the teachers and students of North Carolina — and the world.


Step 1 add a descriptor adjective adverb

Step 1: Add a Descriptor (Adjective/adverb)

  • Original Sentence: The dog was sad.

  • Add an adjective.

  • New Sentence: The floppy-eared dog was sad.

  • Better, but still not BEST.


Step 2 add an action word verb

Step 2: Add an Action Word (VERB)

  • Original Sentence: The dog was sad.

  • Better Sentence: The floppy-eared dog was sad.

  • Add an ACTION WORD (VERB)

  • New Sentence: The floppy-eared dog whined.

  • Better, but still not BEST.


Step 3 add a why phrase

Step 3: Add a “Why” phrase

  • Why was the dog sad? We know he’s sad because he is whining. WHY is he whining?

  • New Sentence: The floppy-eared dog whined as his master drove away.

  • Better than “The dog was sad,” but still not BEST.


Step 4 add a more specific noun

Step 4: Add a more specific noun

  • Decent sentence: The floppy-eared dog whined as his master drove away.

  • Change a non-specific noun (DOG) to a more specific noun

  • New sentence: The floppy-eared Basset Hound whined as his master drove away.

  • Much better than “The dog was sad,” but can it be better?


Step 5 repeat a step of your choice

Step 5: Repeat a Step of your choice

  • Original Sentence: The dog was sad.

  • MUCH better sentence: The floppy-eared Basset Hound whined as his master drove away.

  • Add something else. Choose to repeat ANY of the steps. Let’s add another describing word. Let’s describe HOW the dog whined. A word that describes a verb is an ADVERB. Let’s add an adverb.

  • The floppy-eared Basset Hound whined pitifully as his master drove away.


Let s review

Let’s Review

  • The dog was sad.

  • (Descriptor) Adjective

  • The floppy-eared dog was sad.

  • Action Word (VERB)

  • The floppy-eared dog whined.

  • WHY?!?

  • The floppy-eared dog whined as his master drove away.

  • Specify.

  • The floppy-earedBasset Hound whined as his master drove away.

  • Repeat a step for the most description possible.

  • The floppy-eared Basset Hound whined pitifully as his master drove away.


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