Descriptive Language

Active Verbs and Descriptive Language

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Writers are often encouraged to “show, don’t tell” their audiences the conflicts, emotions, and lessons in their work. There are many ways to use language to accomplish this goal.

Take some time to review Active Verbs and Descriptive Language with your teacher.

Then, analyze the college essay, “The Aviator,” using these annotation protocols.

  • Underline uses of the verb “to be” and consider if there is a stronger way to convey the same meaning.
  • Indicate examples of active verbs.
  • Indicate examples of descriptive language.
  • Mark the end of each sentence with slashes (/). Look at the sentence length, is it varied? What thoughts or ideas are emphasized due to sentences that “pop” or stand out? What kind of mood does the sentence structure create?
  • Write a note explaining what you think the message of this essay is.