“Screaming, crying, perfect storm
I can make all the tables turn
Rose gardens filled with thorns
Keep you second guessing”
In her hit song “Blank Space,” Taylor Swift uses concrete, evocative descriptions to evoke two very different impressions.
After all, the goal of fiction writing is to transport us to another land. Let’s take a look at a list of descriptive words that includes adjectives, adverbs, and gerunds. They’re some of the most powerful tools in the toolkit.
Descriptive language appeals to all five of our senses: taste, touch, sight, smell, and sound. When used correctly, descriptive words can entertain, persuade, inform, and educate the reader.
The Show-Me Sentences lesson plan from ReadWriteThink was created for students in grades 6-12. However, elementary teachers can modify the Show-Me sentences to make them interesting for younger students.
- Develop descriptive writing skill through modeling and the sharing of quality literature full of descriptive writing.
- Include lessons such as the ones listed below throughout the year.
- Call students’ attention to interesting, descriptive word choices in classroom writing.
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Adverbs are words that modify verbs. They give more information about the verb by indicating “how” and “when”. Some examples of adverbs are smoothly, destructively, always, very, today, and yesterday.
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Verbs can also be used carefully to help paint a clearer picture of what someone is doing. When we hear the word “talking,” we think of someone calmly discussing a topic with someone else. When we hear the word “yelling,” we think of the opposite of “talking.” The word “yelling” makes us think of someone raising his/her voice at someone else. The word “walking” is different than the word “running.” The language we use helps paint a picture of what is happening around us and what is happening in stories.