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2nd Year Descriptive writing - Using the senses (2)

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Describing the Senses
Learning Objectives:
How to make our writing amazing, by describing using the senses.
Building your setting
• Imagine you are walking through an
abandoned house; list as many
things as you can see in your books
e.g. cobwebs.
• Now do the same for what you can
hear, smell, taste, feel. 5 lists.
• Extension task: if you complete
this, write down things that you
would definitely not expect to find
in an abandoned house e.g. a
cuddly teddy bear.
What we found…
Old photos
Spiders/insects
Flashing lights
Missing floorboards
Bones scattered around the floor
Dusty furniture
Smashed windows
Draws and wardrobes spilling clothes
Dried Blood
Creaky floorboard
Leaves
Spray-paint
Broken plates/furniture
One description…
They cut your feet off first.
That’s what the kids in the estate said anyway. The Others. In abandoned
houses. So you couldn’t run away.
Whenever he approached an empty house, this was what he was thinking.
Slowly, James pushed the weary, weather-beaten door open and peered
inside the house. The stale smell of dust greeted him as he scanned the
gloomy hallway. It was like an old friend. Undisturbed dust meant there weren’t
any Others here. As his eyes adjusted to the dim interior he remained alert.
Cautiously, carefully James edged into the house.
The soft breeze whined and leapt into the hallway from behind him, disturbing
the torn up and discarded newspapers that had been scattered across the
wooden floor. Flustered, they scuttled across the ground, whispering angrily,
waking a thick layer of dust. The peace had been disturbed.
James surveyed the room to the right of him. The usual. Broken bottles, a
heap of dark ash, empty tins and stained mattresses. The heavily boarded
windows let little light into the house. Thin beams pushed through gaps in the
wood creating eerie shadows.
Edging towards the snaking banisters James craned his neck to see up onto
the second floor. Instinctively he tightened his grip on the cool metal pole in his
The senses!
Slowly, James pushed he weary, weather-beaten door open and
peered inside the house. The stale smell of dust greeted him as he
scanned the gloomy hallway. It was like an old friend. Undisturbed
dust meant there weren’t any Others here. As his eyes adjusted to
the dim interior he remained alert. Cautiously, carefully James
edged into the house.
The soft breeze whined and leapt into the hallway from behind him,
disturbing the torn up and discarded newspapers that had been
scattered across the wooden floor. Flustered, they scuttled across the
ground, whispering angrily, waking a thick layer of dust. The peace
had been disturbed.
James surveyed the room to the right of him. The usual. Broken
bottles, a heap of dark ash, empty tins and stained mattresses.
The heavily boarded windows let little light into the house. Thin
beams pushed through gaps in the wood creating eerie shadows.
Edging towards the snaking banisters James craned his neck to
see up onto the second floor. Instinctively he tightened his grip on the
cool metal pole in his hand. The steel soothed him.
Why are
the senses
important?
?
In our setting…
Write down a sentence about each of the senses:
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What you might smell?
What you might taste?
What you might feel?
What you might see?
What you might hear…
– Write them in your books- work with your partner if
you are struggling for inspiration
The sun sets…
The wind picks up as darkness falls…
A storm rages above you…
As the sun rises you follow the dry river bed…
You look over the city from on top of a hill…
Write down your favourite
description on a post-it and then
stick it on the window!!
While you are standing up have a look at
other people’s ideas….
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