| Descriptive Writing Assignment: A Day During My Favorite Season
The most important aspect of descriptive writing is focusing on precision. Precision begins with word choice. When writing, ask yourself: which word can I use that is the most exact concerning what I am trying to describe? Which words are the most accurate for creating the same image in the imagination of all my readers?
Think carefully about a day you have spent during your favorite season (spring, summer, autumn, winter.) What do you see? Are the birds peacefully chirping, or are the waves violently crashing into shore? Can you smell the salty air? Can you feel the icy breeze striking your face?
Your job is to construct an essay about a day during your favorite season in thorough, specific detail. You need to write in a manner that will appeal to your readers. Show significance and meaning of your favorite season throughout your writing piece by providing a vision for your readers, using sentences that show rather than tell, and using details that evoke all of the senses (sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell). Try to make an exciting introduction that will hook your reader, and remember that you must end your writing piece appropriately. Point of view: you must write in the FIRST PERSON.
The word "dog" can be interpreted in a variety of different imaginations. Your reader might be thinking of a two-pound, chocolate-brown Chihuahua. Another reader might be imagining a 140-pound, black-and-white-speckled Great Dane. Notice the more precise adjectives? The precise breeds are used as descriptive nouns. In addition to detailed adjectives and nouns, you should also have detailed verbs. Think of the difference between having these two dogs "interacting" and "barking playfully" with each other.
Describe your day during your favorite season in 3-5 paragraphs. Make sure each paragraph is clear and organized. (Include introductory sentence, body, conclusion sentence.)
Write a focused, descriptive essay using precise, unique and vivid detail (be sure to consider all senses).
Carefully consider what point you are trying to make about the season and make sure all details are clear to the reader.
Title the essay with a unique title that captures the essence of the essay. (ex: A Scorching Summer Day; Blooming into Spring)
FCAs- Focus Correction Areas: As a reminder, FCAs are items you will be graded on. However, you should still be paying close attention to items such as spelling and grammar. Type these in the upper right hand corner across from your heading. Your FCAs for this assignment are:
Paragraph Structure________/20 (Topic sentence, detailed evidence, conclusion)
Figurative Language________/30 (At least one of each: simile, metaphor, personification)
Imagery (Senses)_________/25 (At least two of each: touch, taste, smell, sound, sight)
Provide purpose for your day during your favorite season writing piece. Let your reader know why it is your favorite season. How does it make you feel? What are fun things to do during that season? What are some smells or tastes you associate with that season?
Remember to SHOW readers what your favorite season is. Do not simply TELL them.
Have fun with this! Be as creative and precise as possible!
Final copy MUST be typed and double-spaced. Refer to BLS rules of writing.
Rough Draft Due Date: _______________________________________
Final Due Date: _____________________________________________