In addition, each group will probably need additional materials to supplement its presentations.
We use the five senses to transport our reader into the scene we are describing.
Here are ways you can draw on each sense to immerse your readers in your story: Beyond the man walking by with tattoos covering his arms, watch the way he walks.
Does he stare at the ground as he walks or does he confidently stare forward? Tweet this What do you really see? What do you not see? What does it mean? Write With Taste Describing taste can be a fun way to keep your reader intrigued in the details.
So often we neglect or even simply forget to describe the way something might taste or what that taste means. This might be awful, but my favorite way to describe what something tastes like is by use of a metaphor.
Write With Smell Generally we categorize smells into two options: But I believe that even smells can help tell stories. When you begin to describe a scene close your eyes and envision all of the possible smells that surround you.
Smells do not only describe food and body odor; they can be used to describe the weather, a room, or a situation. Try describing some smells yourself. Write With Sound The most popular way to describe sounds in writing is with the use of onomatopoeia.
And those are fun, especially when making up your own. Besides onomatopoeia, I never thought there was another way to really describe sound, until I started really listening. There are noises all around you. As I write this, I hear the click of keys, the low hum of the air conditioner, the whoosh of a car passing by, soft laughter from another room—the soundtrack of a quiet, peaceful morning.
Have you listened to your environment? And have you unlocked what the sounds are really telling you? As I wrote my own memoir, I found myself constantly asking myself what I was hearing internally. Sounds are not always external buzzes and bangs—sometimes they come in the form of thoughts and voices.
Some of those sounds are truths and some are lies.
Some sounds tell the reader where you are or what you are doing without actually having to tell them. Write With Touch Describing the way things feel is just plain fun. The number of adjectives available are endless. My two favorite ways to describe touch is through temperature and texture.
Her fingers skimmed the cool, silky water. When writing about touch, the physical is very important to describe, but even more important is the invisible. The Key to Unlocking the Five Senses As you have probably noticed by now, the key to unlocking the five senses is the question behind it.
The question of why you are seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling, or feeling something. And what do those sensations mean? Which is YOUR favorite sense to write with?
Let me know in the comments section! She partners with leaders to help tell their stories in book form. On the weekends, she writes poetry and prose. She contributes to The Write Practice every other Wednesday.Resources and lesson plans for the Five Senses (Sight, Hearing, Smell, Taste, and Touch).
Benchmarks for Science Literacy (K-2): People use their senses to find out about their surroundings and themselves. School Rooms As children play the School Rooms game, they reinforce their understanding of commonly used school terms in a fun, noncompetitive atmosphere.
They also build awareness that their senses are constantly gathering information to help them navigate through the world around them. Poetry Lesson Plans! For Elementary, Middle, and High School Students process of writing poetry. Materials: • Discuss the importance of imagery, and using all five senses – sight, sound, smell, taste, touch – to help the reader place themselves in .
I have been a Middle School ELA teacher for the past 15 years, and they moved me up to the high school amd Creative Writing. I had my ideas when I taught 7th grade for CW, but you gave me some for my juniors and seniors. Descriptive essays provide sensory details -- sight, smell, sound, touch and taste -- of an item, person, place or event.
At the middle-school level, the descriptive essay is a precursor to expository and persuasive writing at the secondary level.
1. As a class, review the five senses (sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch). Have a brief preliminary discussion about how each sense works.