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Descriptive Writing. EAP 1640 Advanced ESL Composition. What Kind of Writing . Objective Subjective The role it plays will vary. Exposition – when you want to explain an event or how something works or what you think about a particular place, person, or idea. Focus on subject

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Descriptive Writing

EAP 1640 Advanced ESL Composition

EAP1640 Advanced ESL Composition


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What Kind of Writing

  • Objective

  • Subjective

  • The role it plays will vary.

EAP1640 Advanced ESL Composition


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Exposition – when you want to explain an event or how something works or what you think about a particular place, person, or idea.

Focus on subject

Clear description achieves this

Persuasion – focus is on reader, person whose mind you want to change.

Purpose

EAP1640 Advanced ESL Composition


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Audience something works or what you think about a particular place, person, or idea.

  • If your audience is general, such as your classmates – your assumptions about them are more general.

  • You fill in gaps for readers with descriptive details.

  • What do they know?

EAP1640 Advanced ESL Composition


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Tone something works or what you think about a particular place, person, or idea.

  • How you want the reader to feel about the subject.

  • This is your attitude toward the subject and audience.

  • Compare examples from text.

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Details something works or what you think about a particular place, person, or idea.

  • Make us see what the writer is describing.

  • Concrete words – words used that can be easily visualized.

  • Abstract words – not easily visualized. May hold different meanings for different people.

EAP1640 Advanced ESL Composition


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Comparison something works or what you think about a particular place, person, or idea.

  • Useful in description to make it more vivid to readers, especially when describing sensory images.

  • Produce arresting image, explain the unfamiliar. Make a connection with the reader’s own experience, or reinforcing a major point in an essay.

  • Compare the unfamiliar to the familiar.

EAP1640 Advanced ESL Composition


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How are comparisons made? something works or what you think about a particular place, person, or idea.

Metaphor – direct equation

Simile – comparison with ‘like’or ‘as’

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Allusion- indirect reference to a real or fictitious person, place, or thing.

Analogy- extended metaphor

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Cliches – overworked comparisons place, or thing.

Slow as a turtle

Red as a rose

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Diction place, or thing.

  • Words chosen by writer which determine whether the description is more objective or subjective

  • whether it’s tone is factual or impressionistic.

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Thesis place, or thing.

  • May be:

  • implicit or

  • explicit

  • Main point

  • What the writer builds the essay on

EAP1640 Advanced ESL Composition


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