Session 6: Writing your best descriptive paragraph

Session 5: Using description to build brilliant sentences

Intro

Using one or two of the descriptions they have created in previous sessions, your child can now try expanding their work to make a paragraph.

Writing a descriptive paragraph

Step 1: Start with one of their best phrases or sentences.

Step 2: Make this in to a full sentence if it isn’t already.

Step 3: Add more sentences to expand the original one into a paragraph.

  • Include adjectives and adverbs (although you don’t need to put both in every sentence).
  • Encourage your child to make their descriptions as interesting as they can and use different senses in their description.
  • Use the photos, videos, artwork, playing cards and notes from previous sessions to help.
  • Use the examples from famous books for some inspiration.

Step 4: If you want to you could extend this activity. You or your child could write or print out their descriptive paragraph (or their favourite sentence). Add illustrations or decoration.

 

Example

Below is an example paragraph based on the phrase from the art adjectives game: blue fluffy excited cow, plus inspiration from Enid Blyton’s Secret Island description: the sun shone down hotly. It will also include some food and drink descriptions to help use different senses.

The sun was shining down hotly on the green field. The blue fluffy cow was excited because she was going on a picnic with her friend. Her friend was a loud giggly frog. For their picnic they enjoyed fluffy scones topped with sticky sweet jam and thick clotted cream. They drank delicious juice that smelt fruity and felt cold and refreshing. The cow and frog sat lazily in the golden sunshine all afternoon before walking happily home together.

 

Well done on completing the Adjectives and Adverbs module! Keep using what you have learnt and practiced throughout these sessions to make your descriptions interesting and powerful. When you are ready, start the next module to learn all about similes and metaphors.