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Descriptive Writing. An exploration of vivid language. Assignment #1- becoming familiar with descriptive writing. Read The King of the Golden River by John Ruskin Create a 10 word glossary of exceptional words

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descriptive writing

Descriptive Writing

An exploration of vivid language

assignment 1 becoming familiar with descriptive writing
Assignment #1- becoming familiar with descriptive writing
  • Read The King of the Golden River by John Ruskin
  • Create a 10 word glossary of exceptional words
    • Include: word, POS, definition, sentence from book and a sentence of your creation. Highlight each word, skip spaces between each word entry
    • Grade based on variety, accuracy of definition to word in context, accuracy and creativity of use in a sentence LOOSE LEAF
    • Fill in handout with questions, include image with title
    • Quiz
what makes good description writing
What makes good description writing?
  • Take time to brainstorm
  • Clear and concise language
  • Choose vivid language (denotation/connotation)
  • show don’t tell
what makes good description writing1
What makes good description writing?
  • Use your senses
  • What were you thinking?!?!
  • Leave the reader with a clear impression- purpose!
  • Use figurative language
assignment 2 writing descriptive sentences
Assignment 2-writing descriptive sentences
  • Choose 2 topics provided. For each topic, write 2-3 descriptive sentences that might appear in a paragraph describing the topic.
  • COMPOSITION NOTEBOOK
  • Choose 1 to revise on ½ sheet to turn in
assignment 2 writing descriptive sentences cont
Assignment 2-writing descriptive sentences cont.
  • Times Square on New Year’s Eve
  • 100 year old house
  • Battle of Gettysburg
  • The electricity suddenly going out
  • Shopping on the day after Thanksgiving
  • An expert juggler at work
assignment 3 writing descriptive sentences
Assignment #3- writing descriptive sentences
  • Rewrite the sentence to make them more interesting. Replace vague and boring words- add descriptive words.
  • Be better than the one that comes before . . . .
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Assignment #3- writing descriptive sentences cont.

  • Stanley works in a small office without windows.
  • My mother criticized me for staying out too late.
  • Just at the critical moment, Randy dropped the ball.
  • The puppy chewed on a toy.
  • The test was hard and took a long time.
assignment 4 change the mood do after handout read 338 org loyola
Assignment 4- change the mood*do after handout, read 338 org. loyola
  • Rewrite the sentences using different verbs and adjectives to set a new mood- be able to identify mood before and after- see ½ slip for more instructions- use loose leaf
organization
Organization
  • Chronological (order event unfolds)
  • spatial(how they appear in a given order ( top to bottom or left to right)
  • order of importance( least to most or most to least)
  • compare and contrast
assignment 5 order
Assignment 5- order
  • Read the paragraphs provided- and identify their method of organization- put it on a post-it note with your name
free write
FREE WRITE
  • Choose from the following topics- begin with organizing ideas and listing relative words, think about mood and organization then start writing!
  • Should be written in composition notebook
topics for free write
Topics for free write
  • A special room in your house
  • A favorite or most disastrous meal experience
  • A cherished childhood toy
  • A monumental event in your life
  • An influential person in your life
  • Vacation memory
  • A childhood mishap
assignment 6 details and organization
Assignment 6 details and organization

List 4 details you might include in writing about one of the following topics. Tell which form or organization you would use in writing a paragraph on each topic and explain why. PUT ON LOOSE LEAF

assignment 6 details and organization cont
Assignment 6 details and organization cont.
  • A stray dog that wandered up to your picnic table
  • The kitchen in your home after you have made dinner
  • A perfect summer day
  • An invention that changed history ( choose one)
  • The network of highways surrounding a city
topics for free write1
Topics for free write
  • A special room in your house
  • A favorite or most disastrous meal experience
  • A cherished childhood toy
  • A monumental event in your life
  • An influential person in your life
  • Vacation memory
  • A childhood mishap
denotation connotation
Denotation&COnnotation
  • Denotation- literal meanings
  • Connotation- implied meanings
    • Example: you want to describe someone you spend time with and whom you trusted- you would want to say “friend” or “pal” not “acquaintance” or “colleague”
denotation connotation1
Denotation&COnnotation

Use the dictionary to find the denotation of each word. Then use a thesaurus to find three synonyms with DIFFERENT CONNOTATIONS for each word

denotation connotation2
Denotation&COnnotation
  • said
  • shy
  • rare
  • walk
  • colorful
  • clothing
denotation connotation3
Denotation&COnnotation
  • Said-to express in words; state; declare

Rambled- to talk endlessly to the point of annoying

Lilted- A cheerful or lively manner of speaking

Hissed- a sound uttered as an exclamation of contempt, anger

denotation connotation4
Denotation&COnnotation

Choose two words. Find each word in a thesaurus. Write a sentence or 2 to emphasize a mood

fake eerie sloppy slow

topics for free write2
Topics for free write
  • A special room in your house
  • A favorite or most disastrous meal experience
  • A cherished childhood toy
  • A monumental event in your life
  • An influential person in your life
  • Vacation memory
  • A childhood mishap
figurative language
Figurative Language
  • Like connotations, figurative language goes beyond literal meanings
    • Simile
    • Metaphor
    • Personification
    • Hyperbole
figurative language1
Figurative Language
  • Simile- uses like or as to compare two unrelated things ( The pillow is as soft as a cloud.)
  • Metaphor- implied comparison- no like or as (Her poems are caravans of the imagination. )
figurative language2
Figurative Language
  • Personification- figure of speech that allows an idea, inanimate object or animal to take on the qualities of a person (Outside, the wind shrieked through the eves of the house.)
  • Hyperbole- deliberate exaggeration to reveal a truth (Ana can talk until your ears fall off.)
figurative language3
Figurative language
  • Clichés-
  • As busy as a
  • Slept like a
  • As happy as a
  • Green with
  • As hungry as a
  • Fits like a
  • Eats like a
  • Cry like a
  • As smart as a
  • Stick out like a
  • As slow as
topics for free write3
Topics for free write
  • A special room in your house
  • A favorite or most disastrous meal experience
  • A cherished childhood toy
  • A monumental event in your life
  • An influential person in your life
  • Vacation memory
  • A childhood mishap
figurative language4
Figurative language
  • Identify the noun that is personified in each sentence. Identify the words that give human qualities to that noun.
figurative language5
Figurative Language
  • Two huge Tudor houses stand sentry at the end of the block.
figurative language6
Figurative Language

Just when Alan recovered, a second injury robbed him of his chance to play football.

figurative language7
Figurative Language

I’m afraid a colony of termites has gained a foothold in our basement.

figurative language8
Figurative Language
  • Autumn, brightly dressed, danced through the park.
figurative language9
Figurative Language
  • The shy sun peeped out from behind a cloud.
figurative language10
Figurative Language

The clouds grew dark and cried rain upon the baseball game.

figurative language11
Figurative Language
  • After a few well-placed kicks, the machine spit out our candy bars.
figurative language12
Figurative Language
  • The engine is starting to cough when the car comes to a stop.
figurative language13
Figurative Language

The fields sleep under a blanket of snow.

topics for free write4
Topics for free write
  • A special room in your house
  • A favorite or most disastrous meal experience
  • A cherished childhood toy
  • A monumental event in your life
  • An influential person in your life
  • Vacation memory
  • A childhood mishap
2 finished pieces
2 finished pieces

Long piece

Short piece

  • 200 words
  • Uses one of topics provided
  • Hand written
  • To be shared aloud* or you may share a memorized short descriptive poem or stanza* must bet approval
  • Due first
  • 450 words
  • Uses different topic provided
  • Typed
  • Some will be shared
  • Due second- submitted by email**
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