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IDEAS TRAIT Using Descriptive Details

By using good, descriptive details in their writing, authors help readers create mental pictures. When the details are used carefully, readers become more engaged in the idea and get a clear understanding of what the author is trying to convey.

ADJECTIVES

One way to add descriptive details is to think about the THINGS in your writing and then think about your senses. Use words to describe how things look, taste, feel, sound, and or smell.

FIVE SENSES

SMALL, BLUE, SMOOTH, HUGE, SCARY, RELAXING, OLD
SWEET, BURNT, SPOILED, STRONG, CLEAN, FAMILIAR
LOUD, SMOOTH, BEAUTIFUL, TERRIBLE, ROMANTIC, FUNNY
BUMPY, HOT, SMOOTH, SPIKY, FURRY, COZY, WET, HARD
DELICIOUS, SOUR, SWEET, SPICY, TANGY, UNFAMILIAR, BITTER
HORRIBLE, SHAGGY, SHARP, RAGGED
Adjectives help the reader paint a mental picture. Good authors describe characters, the setting, and experiences for their audience.

Select the link below to hear the book, "When I am Old With You, read aloud.

The book, I Need My Monster, by Amanda Noll is another great example of text that includes really good descriptive words.

Your Turn!

  • Think about a TOPIC you know a lot about.
  • Use the five senses organizer to help you DESCRIBE the topic you chose.
  • Then, use the template from, "The Important Book" to write about your topic.
  • Next, share your writing with a friend and see if they can draw a picture just by listening to the details you provided.
  • Finally, revise your writing if needed and publish.

Five Senses Organizer

The Important Book Organizer

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