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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 . . . .


Descriptive writing

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

fakeeeriesloppyslow


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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