details: create a picture with words that appeal to one or more
of the five senses – sight, sound, touch, taste, or smell.
Example: description of Alec
the writer gives a clear picture of what he looks like and how he moved.
the simile comparing Alec to the sunrise suggests tremendous emotional warmth.
there is a sound of respect in his voice.
is a word part added at the beginning of a word.
It changes the meaning of the word to which it is added.
unwound and impatient. “Un”
and “im” are both prefixes meaning “not.”
Unwound means “to reverse the process of winding up” and impatient
means “not patient.” Other
prefixes that mean “not” are in-, non-, and mis-.
is the way in which a writer reveals a character’s personality.
The writer may do this by telling us what the character says, thinks,
or feels; by telling us what other characters think or feel about the
character; or by telling us directly what the character is like.
Jean is a lively, sympathetic, highly interesting young woman.
Her nervousness about teaching, her mismatched shoes, and her
affectionate descriptions show this.
readers draw conclusions when they take small pieces of information about the
characters or events and use them to make a broad statement.
on the information provided by Jean, we can make some conclusions about her
class. The students watch for
opportunities to help Jean by finding things she has lost.
The students are interested in learning, especially about their own