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Tips for Teaching Writing 1

11 Mar

There are more or less four modes (categories):
Descriptive, Narrative, Expository, and Persuasive

Descriptive mode:

Definition:
Descriptive writing describes an object, place, or person in a way that creates a vivid impression in the reader's mind, enabling the reader to visualize what is being described, and to feel that he/she is very much part of the writer's experience. Descriptive writing is characterized by the following:

Elaborate use of sensory details (often those that others might overlook) that enrich or define the central impression;
Details which go beyond the general, e.g., The house was big and nice;
Details which enable the reader to picture or relive what the writer is telling, e.g., The massive brick structure sprawled across a quarter acre of ground and rose more than sixty feet into the air.

Forms:
Descriptive writing appears almost everywhere, from cookbooks to poems. A writer might use a description to introduce a character in a narrative or to create a strong closing to a persuasive essay. Whatever the form, its purpose is to describe.
Guidelines:
No matter how the description is used, the following guidelines for good descriptive writing will help. Students should

include plenty of details;
use figurative language, if appropriate;
organize details;
show, not tell;
use precise language.

Source: http://www.vansd.org/inctr/LaWEB/Descriptive.html

Sample descriptive writing assignments:
a. Person (e.g. describe the Prophet salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam)
b. Place (e.g. the Kabah, the masjid, a park, a room)
c. Thing (object, a product, .e.g prayer rug, car, favorite fast food meal)
Source: Talibiddeen Jr. 🙂

Happy Writing!

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