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descriptive essay writing 

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Contents of this lesson

  •  Definition
  • 5 senses 
  • Goal
  • Issues that could be described in your essay
  • Personal essay vs formal description 
  • Outline
  • Good example/ bad example 
  • figures of speech + up to you

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What do you think descriptive writing is?

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The definition of a descriptive essay is a type of composition or paper which describes an object, person, process, or event. The writer’s goal is to create a vivid reading experience, or to show instead of tell (metaphorically).

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5 senses 
a descriptive essays usually appeals to the 5 senses.
  1. smell
  2. touch
  3. taste
  4. hearing
  5. sight 

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Choose an object in your room and use the 5 senses to describe it

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 to paint a comprehensive picture for the reader by appealing to the five senses. Last but not least, your work should have a purpose. It could be anything from a lesson you learned from an experience, to a story of how an object impacted your life. It’s all about making your bright ideas come to life.

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Issues that could be described in your essay
  • A person: appearance, actions, behaviours, mood, and qualities of your chosen individual.
  • A place: describe the beauty of a city fe. Rome or Paris
  •  An event: Here you need to describe the story of what happened. It can be your last vacation, concert, wedding, anniversary, summer music festival, graduation day, or so on.
  • An animal 
  • An occupation
  • A behavior 

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personal essay vs formal description 
personal essay: Here you need to describe an experience using your feelings and responses. (5 senses)  use of vivid, evocative language .
A few examples of personal essay topics might be:
  • Describing the experience of swimming in the azure sea in summer
  • Explaining your favourite movie and its impact on you
  • Reflecting on your birthday and all the things that have shaped you in the past
formal description: Rather than focusing on your own experience, you need to use specific categories of information to provide the fullest possible portrait of what you are describing
  • A descriptive essay about climate change, politics, or historical events.

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  • Introduction (1 paragraph)
Grab the readers attention, make it lively, introduce us to the main topic (background information), thesis statement 
  • Body paragraphs  (3 paragraphs)
topic sentence, sensory details, actual details
  • conclusion (1 paragraph) 
summary of all the main points, clincher statement (uitsmijter)

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Good example
What it is like to play rugby 
In the eyes of the untrained, a rugby game is just a bunch of huge individuals senselessly fighting one another, struggling to move an oval ball inch by inch down a field full of mud towards the goal line of the opposing team. Players don’t put on pads or get a timeout in the event of injuries. Yet rugby is a different thing, a gentleman’s sport—to those who understand it. While rugby appears rough, its players maintain good respect toward both teammates and opponents.

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Why is this a good example of a descriptive essay?

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Bad example
I was walking up the stairs. I felt bad. I had the chills. When I got up the stairs I looked at the people getting off and on with smiles on their faces. I was scared when I got on the ride. It was scary when I went up. I saw a long way at the top. I dropped down the hill fast. I yelled. At the end, I got off and smiled. 

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Why is this a bad example of a descriptive essay?

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Figures of speech 
  • Metaphor --> He is a shining star.
  • simile --> cold as ice, white as snow, slept like a log (as/like)
  • hyperbole --> she could feed a whole army with that
  • alliteration --> Dan's dog dove deep in the dam, drinking dirty water as he dove.
  •  onomatopoeia -->The sheep went, “Baa.”    The best part about music class is that you can bang on the drum.
  • Repetition

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Up to you!
Do the assignment on Itslearning -> Go to Its-learning -> planner 4vwo -> week 50 (bronnen) -> assignment

ASSIGNMENT: (150 – 170 words) 
 1. Describe a smartphone to a time traveler from the 1900s. 
 2. Describe the average human to an alien who has never  
    seen a person before.  

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Up to you (2)
Work in silence, you may ask your neighbour for help or me by raising your hand, but keep the volume low.
Hand in your assignment on Its-learning before 19-12-2021 23:59 in the homework map that you can find at activiteiten (week 50)
write this down in your agenda !
Also, don't forget to bring your reading book this Thursday!

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