Using Brush Strokes to Create a Masterpiece. Lynn Nguyen Creek Valley Middle School Lewisville ISD firstname.lastname@example.org. Why should students learn ways to use grammatical structures to enhance their writing?.
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Creek Valley Middle School
Original sentence:The enraged dog attacked the intruder.
Adding participles to the beginning: Grunting, salivating, and charging, the enraged dog attacked the intruder.
Single participles= rapid movement
Participial phrases=slower, but equally intense pace
The beautiful bride walked down the aisle towards her prince.
You may use single participles or participial phrases. Underline the participles you have used.
>Students often overwhelm their descriptive sentences with too many adjectives in a row.
Original sentence: The dainty, delicate, wide-eyed flamingo strutted across the lake.
>To avoid the three in a row pattern, use this brush stroke to keep one adjective in its place and move the others after the noun.
Adjectives out of order:
The dainty flamingo, delicate and wide-eyed, strutted across the lake.
Ex. The sniper, cautious and calculating, prepared to execute his target.
The girl ran into her father’s arms with a grin on her face.
Using any one or all of the five pictures, begin a piece of writing incorporating the two brush strokes accordingly. Try to use each one at least twice in your piece.
Underline or highlight the brush strokes as you paint with them.
“Shifting the weight of the line to his left shoulder and kneeling carefully, he washed his hand in the ocean and held it there, submerged, for more than a minute, watching the blood trail away and the steady movement of the water against his hand as the boat moved.”
Old Man and the Sea
“Dazed and disoriented, I looked up from the bright red blood pulsing out of my arm—into the fevered eyes of the six suddenly ravenous vampires.”
-Jumping up and down, the children couldn’t wait to eat cake and ice cream.
-The dog, big and round, could barely walk.
Yelling: whooping, hollering, bellowing, barking
-Mary Ehrenworth and Vicki Vinton
The Power of Grammar