"Descriptive Purposeful Writing"
DO NOW • Do Now • Spend 10-20 minutes writing about one day within the last week when something memorable happened to you. – Isolate that incident so it’s clear in your mind – Create a list of words that remind you of the event – Think of all the details that happened during the day – from the time you opened your eyes in the morning to the time they closed at night. • These are the bits of information you can discard – What you should be left with is that memorable thing that occurred and a few details directly related to it, some details that preceded it, and a few details that followed. • • GOAL: The reader of your description would be able to experience at a distance what you experienced firsthand. Descriptive Purposeful Writing Identifying Purpose • Why would you want to tell a joke? • Why would you want to compare one car to another? • That “why” is your purpose • An effective description of a giant feedlot will explain – Its smell – Its looks – Its sounds – How the author feels about the place Drafts • Knowing what you want to write and organizing it requires drafts • The last page of Hemingway’s Farewell to Arms was written 39 times • Anne Porter spent 20 years writing and rewriting Ship of Fools • “What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure.” - Samuel Johnson Descriptive Writing • To write “descriptively” is to re-create it – so that the reader can see and understand it • Personal narratives depend heavily on description • Descriptive essays are characterized by: – Use of detail that appeals to the senses • Example: “…a small green tree frog, no bigger than a penny whose round salmon-colored toes stuck out like tiny soupspoons” allows us to see what the writer sees. It’s visual! • Example: “when buckeye leaves hissed n the wind they sounded like rattlesnakes” calls to mind our sense hearing • Description that appeals to the senses bring scenes – your scenes to life so the reader can hear, see, smell, touch , and even taste. Homework • Rewrite your Do Now using what you now know about descriptive writing. • Your rewrite and draft are due at the start of class tomorrow