Descriptive writing and figurative language including pathetic fallacy

This animated Power Point discusses how descriptive writing is used in travel brochures and autobiographies to describe places and events. Extracts are taken from works by J.K.Rowling, Anthony Bourdain , Susan Hill and Mary Shelley and pupils are asked to focus and discuss how techniques such as similes, metaphors, personification and pathetic fallacy are used for effect. Students are reminded to use Point, Evidence and Explain when commenting about an author’s writing. Finally, pupils are asked to match examples of figurative language to explanations and examples. They are required to provide examples of their own such as a metaphor to describe the moon or alliteration to describe a ticking clock in an examination.
Worksheets are available show-casing these extracts which could be used alongside or separate from the Power Point.
This resource is suitable for 14+ years (one of the extracts is quite graphic and describes the slaughter of a pig)

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Created: Jan 10, 2017

Updated: Jan 22, 2020

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