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Descriptive words are help visualize, describe, define, or explain information about people, places, things, situations, or actions. Most people think of adjectives, words that describe nouns, when they think of descriptive words, but many descriptive words are not adjectives. Descriptive words could also include adverbs, or words that help to describe action. Descriptive words could also be clear, strong verbs or nouns that carry clear meaning. The purpose of descriptive words is to clarify a topic.
For instance, the use of adjectives can help describe a person, place, or thing. Imagine you read a book about a superhero. You might describe this superhero as a brave superhero. The word brave gives us a better idea of what kind of person the superhero is or what he does. Other adjectives could help us understand more about this superhero. He may be tall and strong. Both these tell us about this superhero’s physical features. The descriptive words, in this case adjectives, help us clarify details about the superhero.
Adverbs can also be used as descriptive language to help describe action, or how someone does something. Instead of simply saying, “John ran down the street,” we can describe how he ran. We might say, instead, “John quickly ran down the street.” The descriptive word quickly helps us to have a better picture of how John went down the street.
Descriptive words can also be words that carry clear meaning. For instance, the word “teacher” indicates someone who instructs students or someone who conveys information to others. However, other words can carry clearer meaning. A “professor” is also a teacher, but we generally think of a “professor” as someone who teaches within a college or university. The word “professor” is more descriptive and distinct than “teacher,” which is a vague word.
Verbs can also be used carefully to help paint a clearer picture of what someone is doing. When we hear the word “talking,” we think of someone calmly discussing a topic with someone else. When we hear the word “yelling,” we think of the opposite of “talking.” The word “yelling” makes us think of someone raising his/her voice at someone else. The word “walking” is different than the word “running.” The language we use helps paint a picture of what is happening around us and what is happening in stories.
Descriptive words take all of our five senses into account–touch, taste, sight, smell, and sound. A room may look tidy or dirty. Cookies may smell sweet. Lemons can taste bitter. A lollipop might feel sticky. Descriptive language better explains what something is like, what people are like, or how someone takes action. Descriptive language can tell us what the weather is like. For instance, it may be raining or drizzling outside. Descriptive language tells us the shapes of things, such as square or circular. These words can describe color, such as red or green. They can also tell us what people do, such as artist, storyteller, costume designer, athletic trainer, coach, or chef.
Descriptive words Worksheets
This bundle contains 5 ready-to-use Descriptive words worksheets that are perfect to test student knowledge and understanding of what Descriptive words are. You can use these Descriptive words worksheets in the classroom with students, or with home schooled children as well.
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