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Descriptions

A description tells the reader what something is like.

This is different from a definition, which tells the reader what something is.

 

A lot of writing is descriptive. Many of the composition skills we will develop in Lime Class make use of description. 

 

When you write a description, ask yourself what the reader might want to know. Does the reader need to know how something looks? Does the reader need to know how something feels or sounds or smells or tastes? Does the reader need to know the effect something has on a character?

L.O. to develop a description

 

SC1) I use carefully chosen adjectives;
SC2) I construct noun phrases for impact;
SC3) consider what the reader might want to know.

 

 

What can a writer describe? How can a writer describe it? What might a reader want to know?

an object, such as...

...a building, a vehicle, a toy, a piece of furniture, a tool, a piece of stationery, a book, a game...

   

a natural phenomenon, such as...

...a mountain, a star, an ocean, a forest, a river, a waterfall

a sunset, sunrise, a rainbow, frost, snow, an eclipse, thunder, lightning, birdsong, rain, the aurora borealis...

   

a character, such as...

...a person, a hero, a villain, a child, an adult, a mysterious figure, a parent, a grandparent, a brother or sister, a soldier, a nurse, a sportsperson, a politician, a teacher, a baby...

   

a view or scene, such as...

...the view over an ocean, a beach, a mountain scene, the view from a window, the view looking in through a window, a view of the night sky, a view from a prison cell, the view from an aircraft, the view from the deck of a boat, the view from the International Space Station...

   

a living thing, such as...

...an animal, a plant, a micro-organism, a mythical creature, a bird, a reptile, an invertebrate, a flower, a tree, a fish, a mammal, and amphibian, an extinct animal...

   

an emotion or feeling, such as...

...joy, love, hope, trust, sadness, loneliness, fear, anxiety, expectation, confusion, delight, excitement, friendship...

   

a facial expression, such as...

...a smile, a grimace, a scowl, a frown, a quizzical look, a laugh, a shocked look, a tired expression...

   

 

   
     

 

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