English - (School Closure)
Read through the following extracts, each describing a place and an event. Then highlight, in a range of colours, descriptive words, similes, metaphors and phrases you like or might use.
The wave swells the face of the sea like the back of a surfacing sea monster. It looked big enough when it was 50 yards away, but close up it rears above us. At the last second I notice how small my son looks against the wall of water, before what feels like a lorry load of cold Atlantic water crashes over our heads.
Sam emerges from the foaming water, looking like a blond seal in his black wetsuit, spluttering and spitting water. “That was a total crusher!” he chokes, laughing like it’s the best thing that has ever happened to him. “I got totally crushed.”
The canyon was perfect. I knew I was the only person for miles, and swam in rock pools, read in the sun, and eventually made a fire. As darkness fell, I unrolled my sleeping bag close to the fire and watched the embers slowly fade as the stars began to drip down from the sky. It was then that it began.
At first there was a soft, shuffling noise, like someone trying to creep up on me. I tried to remember whether leopards came out at night. But soon it was obvious that this wasn’t the quiet padding of a big cat. These were footsteps.
Jose steered us back towards the camp. I sat in silence, listening to the plop and pull of the hand-carved paddle and watching the sputtering remains of an electric storm light up our jungle like a flickering cinema screen.
Home was wherever we made it; levelling the shrub with machetes, stringing up hammocks and building a campfire each evening was all part of the routine.
Every night I would lie in my hammock watching the fireflies dance through the sinuous trunks, allowing the clicks and burps, hums and screeches, whistles and whoops of a billion jungle beasts to sing me to sleep.
Each morning as the sun’s heat warmed the undergrowth, the forest would come alive with the smells of candyfloss and burnt toffee, freshly mown grass and warm hay, fried onions, wet dogs, crushed garlic and Turkish delight.
Descriptive writing task
In your exercise book answer the following question:
Describe a day from your childhood.
· include descriptions of a place and event;
· describe your thoughts and feelings;
· use paragraphs.
Use any descriptive words or phrases from the extracts above and the word bank below.
laughter sunset dazzling dull
beautiful lazy danger crashing
hazard wildly shaking curious
freezing exhilarating delicious salty
boring chaotic smiling endless