Descriptive Writing ~ “Seeing Out Loud”

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Carrie, Mary, and Laura Ingalls

In the selection By the Shores of Silver Lake, we learn that Laura’s sister is blind.  Laura must “see out loud” for her sister Mary.  Laura describes everything that she sees in great detail so that Mary can “see” in her mind’s eye what Laura sees.

A writer can do the same thing for his/her readers.  Descriptive writing vividly portrays a person, place, or thing in such a way that the reader can visualize (see in the mind’s eye) the topic and enter into the writer’s experience.

This week, we are working on our first descriptive writing piece about a train ride — much like the train ride that Laura describes in By the Shores of Silver Lake.  Check back soon to read our descriptive writing work…

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One response »

  1. I read the Little House series, and I hope your class enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed it!!! Maybe you all could watch the series, Little House on the Prairie. It was a show that went on throughout the years 1974 to 1983. Great and true show!

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