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Seeing descriptive language in action will help your students apply it to their own writing.
Literary devices can help writers write descriptively. ): Practice using these devices by having students create individual sentences using each of these techniques.
Give students a chance to share their sentences with the whole class. Since the classroom has no taste (hopefully), for the taste column you can ask students to describe what they ate that morning.
Take it one step further by removing some of the descriptive language and asking students to use their own words to complete the passage.
You can also use the activities below in conjunction with visual and auditory examples of descriptive language through Fluent U.Creativity in narrative essays oftentimes manifests itself in the form of authorial perspective.Much like the descriptive essay, narrative essays are effective when the language is carefully, particularly, and artfully chosen.However, it’s important to incorporate all of the senses: taste, touch, sight, smell and sound. Then ask your students to think of different ways to describe the classroom using one word from each of the columns on the board. Read a descriptive passage (either your own or one you found online) and have students identify the literary devices and senses that are used.Alternatively, you can give them two passages to compare and contrast, one that’s lacking descriptive language and one that describes the same thing, but more creatively.These sentences get the point across too, but they’re more detailed and engaging.How do you get your ESL students from the first example to the second?By introducing them to the wonders of descriptive writing! Descriptive writing creates a clear image in the reader’s head.The descriptive writing activities listed in this post can be adapted for any age group and all levels of ESL learners. It describes something or someone accurately and in a way that makes it come alive for the reader.Use specific language to evoke specific emotions and senses in the reader.Have a clear introduction that sets the tone for the remainder of the essay.