Reading also improves your writing, so if you have the tiniest desire to write well, read a wide variety of books in different genres. Finally, give a sigh of relief remember that breathing exercises are important as well. Analyze: Which pictures and descriptions were correctly matched up? The purpose is to allow your creative mind complete freedom to cut loose. There are two different files in the zipped download. Under each, produce a list of relevant adjectives. Most obituaries are dull and give few details. I'm Marypat -- passionate about helping teachers make the most of their time in the classroom.
Try to see this younger self as a real and separate person when you write the letter. See more ideas about Show dont tell, Empowering writers and Writing activities. Once your students have some examples, give them the opportunity to practice. These activities can be adapted for elementary-level to advanced-level students and for any age group. Use them to your favor and get the desired effect. Once most students have completed their list, have them answer some questions about each item on their list.
Describe an activity you do at your job. Pretend to be someone else. Her clients include executives such as Dan Weinfurter a seven-time Inc 500 winner and Orlando Ashford, President of Holland Cruise Lines. Then they are given an opportunity to expand on these few words and say more about themselves. You begin to imagine them as much more than, say a party hat or a hard-bound book.
Let them write and share their descriptions with the class. The story can be funny, sad, or educational — but it should be interesting, entertaining, or engaging in some way. Stretch your creative skills and master the art of descriptive writing with the book by Rebecca McClanahan. Language that relates to powerful emotions such as love, hatred, admiration, disgust, etc. Work According to the University of Berkeley, Americans hold an average of five to six jobs in their lifetime.
The whole experience can be very aggravating. Hence, make it a point to use other parts of speech to express the same sentiment. Take note of the ways students try to get out of it--because this is an exercise that you can do repeatedly, using different words and with different objects to describe. What are the colors, structures, and smells you experience there? This is an easy and fun exercise. When the paragraph is finished, have them revise their wriitng so that each sentence uses a different sense.
How to Make Students Aware of Descriptive Writing Begin with pre-teaching some of the general ideas of descriptive writing. Again, try not to overthink this exercise. Before students can write descriptively, they must understand the basics of descriptive writing. I knew dinner was almost ready. Whether you write fiction or non-fiction, your life is the laboratory for or story.
Ask each student to write down two nouns, two adjectives, one verb and one adverb — each on its own card. Do you ever play with words? What about the smells of the bakery that come in the early morning when no other customers are in the grocery store? Obscure films will probably work best since fewer students will know them already. Humorous Diction: Notice how the writer is playful with his language. Have them create a list of adjectives that could be used to describe each word. Then read through two chapters of the book with a highlighter in hand. Each person has a different perspective, so this means descriptions need to change based on the targeted audience. Day 2: Hang the pictures up around the room.
Describe Your Favorite Room in Your House Another nice activity that gets students thinking is describing their favorite room in their home. If something is terrible or stinky, describe its reality. You and your friends find yourselves back in kindergarten, holding hands as you travel from place to place, so as not to get lost. How does it change the reception of the information? For example, one activity involves words for food, another can be used to teach vocabulary related to travel, etc. If not, then begin writing them as if you were the editor of the book who was going to include those elements.
Then, ask yourself whether each one is necessary to the description's success, or whether a more compact phrase would work better. Give each group an obituary and have them add depth to the writing by rewriting them as a whole group only one rewrite per group, that is. Or the stillness of the backyard park in the early morning? They must describe the setting, order of events, and the people who were with them. How would it be designed? In addition to having a solid list of adjectives and adverbs at their fingertips, they should be familiar with the following concepts: Literary Devices Descriptive writing is more than just using adjectives and adverbs. Read a descriptive passage either your own or one you found online and have students identify the literary devices and senses that are used. Many college English classes include an essay that profiles another person. Time Travel Can you remember a time when every home had a rotary phone? Give them a sufficient amount of time to describe the image.
This is a good exercise to use in the beginning of the drafting process, when students are busy building their early writing through the discovery of significant details--but it is also a lesson in revision in that information and detail may be added at any point during the drafting sequence. You might emphasize grammar and focus on subject-verb agreement, subject-action-object, or the effect of punctuation. You can offer advice, compassion, explanation, forgiveness, or praise. Morning Pages provoke, clarify, comfort, cajole, prioritize and synchronize the day at hand. Since the classroom has no taste hopefully , for the taste column you can ask students to describe what they ate that morning. Your goal is to make your readers see, hear, taste, smell and feel what you want to say.