Objectives/Goals Students will be able to effectively develop their narrative writing by adding elaboration and specificity to the details of a story.
What is Elaboration?? To elaborate on something means to add information or to expand upon. I have a dog. I have a brown dog.
Sensory Details • Use sensory details to show readers what things in their story look like, sound like, smell like, taste like, and feel like. • This helps readers construct pictures. • Similes and metaphors can be added to help the reader connect the object to something familiar to them. The dog smells nice The dog smells like fresh flowers.
The girl was a witch for Halloween. The shy girl in my English class dressed up as a scary witch for the Halloween party at school.
Deconstruction of Detail As the old grandfather clock struck twelve, I counted each chime and there were 13 exactly. I just thought the clock was broken. I turned off the television and nervously walked up the steps to my dark and lonely bedroom. Each step I took there was a creaking sound, which was strange because those steps had never creaked. I walked slowly into my room and had to feel around on the cold dusty wall for the light switch. I flipped the switch and nothing. I was beginning to get frightened; I stopped and listened for a moment and heard a door slam down the long and narrow hallway. Should I take the journey to find out what was happening? Pick out all the details in the passage and write down what is left of the sentence.
Adding Detail The house looked scary. Add details to this simple sentence to allow others to get a feel of what the house looked like and why it was scary.