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This week, we'd like students to write one quality piece of writing: a setting description.

 

Setting Description

For this activity, students will be watching a video, answering some question, doing some brainstorming and finally writing a setting description based on part of the video.

 

Activity 1: The Eye of the Storm

After watching the video, think about and jot down some ideas for the following questions. These are open ended questions to get you to think. There are no right answers. If you have someone to discuss the video with, even better! Watch the video again if you're unsure about an answer.

 

  1. What are your first impressions of the film.
  2. Where is the story set?
  3. When is it set?
  4. Where is he heading?
  5. Why is he destroying things in the fire?
  6. Why did he throw the chest overboard?
  7. Why did he not burn the chest?
  8. Why did he let the dragon go?
  9. What happens next?

Activity 2: Writing Skill

In your writing today, try to 'amplify' you writing.

 

Amplification in writing is a tool to add further description about something after making an original point. It is used to elaborate, embellish or exaggerate an idea. Sometimes it involves the repetition of a word.

 

Example 1:

I could write:

The room was vile.

 

This sentence tells me that the room isn't somewhere I want to be. But, I can further describe the room by amplifying my description to paint a mental image of the room in my reader's mind.

 

Main point Further information
The room was vile The carpets were filthy and smelled disgusting
The curtains hung with dirt and grime against a disgustingly filthy window
The seat was saggy and worn, with a patch of something disgusting smeared along the arm.

 

I could write these ideas as 4 separate sentences:

 

The room was vile. The carpets were filthy and smelled disgusting. The curtains hung with dirt and grime against a disgustingly filthy window. The seat was saggy and worn, with a patch of something disgusting smeared along the arm.

 

I could improve this by writing my ideas into a list so that it flows better. I'm going to start with a short sentence and then create a long list of three after to amplify this description:

 

The room was vile. The carpets were filthy and smelled disgusting, the curtains hung with dirt and grime against a disgustingly filthy window, and the seat was saggy and worn, with a patch of something disgusting smeared along the arm.

 

Short sentence. The ___ was ____, the ___ was ____, and the ____ was ____.

 

Practise:

Try using my example to create your own sentence about the room. Change a few words. Change the main idea - maybe the room is beautiful or scary.

 

Example 2:

In this example, I write my list at the start of my paragraph and introduce it with a colon. I then end it with a short sentence.

 

The air down here was awful: it had that musty smell which hit the back of your throat and made you want to wretch or cough, and beyond that, a strange chemical taste, which almost burned if you breathed too deeply. It was vile.

 

Practise:

Try using my example to create your own sentence. Change a few words or change the main idea.

Activity 3:

Write your own setting description based on the video. Try to use the amplification tool to improve your writing. You can use your sentences from activity 2. You can use the following model as well for ideas or to help your structure your writing.

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