Writing Strong Sentences Prewriting Objectives


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Writing Strong Sentences Prewriting


Audience, Purpose, & Occasion (formal or informal)



Choosing Vivid Words

  • They walked on in silence through the blackness of the hemlock-shaded lane, where Ethan’s sawmill gloomed through the night, and out again into the comparative clearness of the fields. On the farther side of the hemlock belt the open country rolled away before them grey and lonely under the stars. Sometimes their way led them under the shade of an overhanging bank or through the thin obscurity of a clump of leafless trees. Here and there a farmhouse stood far back among the fields, mute and cold as a grave-stone. The night was so still that they heard the frozen snow crackle under their feet.

  • --Edith Wharton, Ethan Frome



Choosing Vivid Words

  • Write specific four replacement words for each the following:

  • General Noun—noise

  • ________ ________ ________ ________

  • General Verb—walked

  • ________ ________ ________ ________



Using Figurative Language

  • Figurative is the opposite of literal.

  • simile—makes a comparison between two unlike things using like or as.

  • metaphor—makes a comparison between two unlike things.



"Juliet is the sun." (Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet.)

  • "Juliet is the sun." (Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet.)

  • Tracy felt as sick as a parrot.

  • "..the perfect sky is torn." (Natalie Imbruglia, "Torn")

  • The traffic is murder.

  • Tom is as deaf as a post.

  • "Life's but a walking shadow." (Shakespeare, Macbeth.)

  • She ran like the wind.

  • I'm as light as a feather.

  • "The sun's a thief." (Shakespeare, Timon of Athens.)

  • Kitty is the apple of her mother's eye.

  • "Death lies upon her like an untimely frost." (Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet.)

  • My feet are as warm as toast.

  • "There's more life in a tramp's vest." (Stereophonics, "more life in a tramp's vest.")

  • Tom is deaf.

  • "Everyday is a winding road& " (Sheryl Crow, "Everyday is a winding road.")

  • My eyes are blue.

  • "England & is a fen of stagnant waters." (Wordsworth.)

  • "Their smiles, wan as primroses." (Keats.)

  • The cucumber is cool.

  • Your beauty shines like the sun.

  • "Love is blind, as far as the eye can see." (The Spice Girls, "Too Much.")

  • She looked as pretty as a picture.

  • James was as cool as a cucumber.

  • His feet are as black as coal.

  • "It's been a hard day's night / And I've been working like a dog." (Lennon and McCartney.)

  • You Fit into Me

  • you fit into me like a hook into an eye

  • a fish hook an open eye

  • Margaret Atwood (1939- )



The Writer   by Richard Wilbur




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