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Descriptive Writing

Descriptive Writing

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DESCRIPTIVEWRITINGDESCRIPTIVEWRITING
By Tara McCarthy
S C H O L A S T I C
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ROFESSIONAL    OOKS
New York TorontoLondonAucklandSydney
 
Scholastic Inc. grants teachers permission to photocopy the designated reproducible pages of this book for classroom use. No other part of this publication may be reproduced in whole or part, or stored in a retrievalsystem, or transmitted in any form or by any means electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or oth-erwise, without written permission of the publisher. For information regarding permission, write to ScholasticInc., 555 Broadway, New York, NY 10012.Cover design by Vincent Ceci and Jaime LuceroInterior design by Vincent Ceci and Drew HiresInterior illustrations by Drew HiresISBN 0-590-20932-9Copyright © 1998 by Tara McCarthy. All rights reserved.Printed in the U.S.A.
 
INTRODUCTION
TO THE TEACHER
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PART ONE
EXPLORING SENSORY IMAGERY
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Getting Started
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Do You See What I See?
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Looking, Picturing, and Writing
Seeing Details
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Paying Attention to Visual Details
Remembering Visual Details
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A Comparison-and-Contrast Paragraph
It’s In the Bag 
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Describing with Accuracy
Just Look at Those Smells and Tastes!
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Combining the Senses in Poems and Paragraphs
What Are the Words for What I Hear?
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Linking Sounds and Actions
Alliteration
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14Additional Descriptive Writing Activities
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Design Your Own Word List, A Sensible Trip to the Mall, Chart Starts for Stories,Description Clusters, Unusual Homes!, Words That Look Like Themselves
PART TWO
CHOOSING WORDS THAT WORK
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21Getting Started
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21Cleaning Out the Word Closet
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Writing Without Opinion Words and Tired Expressions
Developing Contrasts: Antonyms
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Describing Two TV Characters
Choosing Among Synonyms
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Writing a Personal Sketch
Metaphor and Simile
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Using Metaphors in a Factual Report 
Personification
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Writing from an Unusual Point of View
Additional Descriptive Writing Activities
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Being a Book, Poor Me!, What Makes It Work?, Biographical Images,“Wanted” Posters and Flyers
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