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14.   The Word:   alluvial      

In Context:  “Iceland, which is absolutely devoid of alluvial soil, is entirely composed of volcanic tufa…”     (p.93)

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Writing Assignment:             The Descriptive Paragraph

The descriptive paragraph paints a picture. It describes a person, place, thing, or idea. The last paragraph of chapter 15 is an excellent example of a descriptive paragraph:

At last, at eleven o’clock at night, in complete

darkness, we reached the summit of Sneffels;

and before taking shelter inside the crater, I

had time to see the midnight sun, at the lowest

point of its course, casting its pale rays on the

island sleeping at my feet.

Your assignment is to write three descriptive sentences. Use interesting adjectives to modify the nouns. Think about how things appear, sound, taste, or feel. Paint a picture with your words, creating an effect with strong verbs. Do NOT use these “same old, same old” verbs: is, am, are, was, has, and have. Do NOT use these adjectives: big, small, little, old, new, sad, or happy. Do NOT use these adverbs: very or really.  Final note: Each sentence must have at least two descriptive adjectives.

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About this teacher/author:   Elaine Ernst Schneider is a teacher and freelance writer who has published articles, songs, and children's work. She is the managing editor of Lesson Tutor. Elaine writes the City Songs column for www.newcolonist.com and is the author of 52 Children’s Moments, found at http://www.lessontutor.com/ltstore.html . She currently teaches and writes

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