Goal: This exercise helps writers to understand the need of addressing as many of the five senses as possible for complete descriptions. Also writers demonstrate the use of sensory words in poetry.
Materials needed: Sample of Sensory Words
NOTES: Descriptions should be complete and accurate enough that a person/reader can picture the thing being described. Since words are tools used to create imagery, then sensory words are tools needed to create thorough descriptions. The more senses that can be utilized and the more specific the word used, the better the description, the more the reader can identify with what the writer is describing.
1. Consider the five senses: sight, hearing, taste, smell, and touch (feel).
2. Read over the Sample of Sensory Words handout. Consider which are more specific.
3. Add as many sensory words for each sense as possible, may use thesaurus.
(NOTE: I'm sorry I am unable to format the lists of words into columns for easier reading.)
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