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Using Adjectives and Verbs to Make Writing Come to Life

Imagery is one of the most important tools in a narrative writer's arsenal. In this lesson, students will will learn to craft vivid scenes by selecting powerful verbs and adjectives, as well as to critique descriptive writing using the same criteria.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to identify verbs and adjectives in a description, as well as to explain how verb and adjective choices create a visual impact on the reader. Students will also learn to revise vague descriptions, replacing nonspecific words with vivid verbs and adjectives.


(5 minutes)
  • Write the sentence on the board: The dog jumped on the mail carrier.
  • In groups or pairs, have students rewrite the sentence so that it creates a more vivid picture in the reader’s mind.
  • Share revisions, noting students' word choices.

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