Creative Writing: Descriptive Writing: Sense Description Mentor Text Chart

Directions: Use the samples of setting descriptions to answer the questions and complete the chart.

  • Which writer’s description is the most effective? Why? What did this writer do well?
  • Aside from all describing a location, what other essential features do all the descriptive passages have in common?

Excerpt Title:The Earth Brain

Quotes from the Passage

  1. Seeing
  2. Hearing
  3. Smelling
  4. Tasting
  5. Feeling

The Wrestler’s Cruel Study

Quotes from the Passage

  1. Seeing
  2. Hearing
  3. Smelling
  4. Tasting
  5. Feeling

For Whom the Bell Tolls

Quotes from the Passage

  1. Seeing
  2. Hearing
  3. Smelling
  4. Tasting
  5. Feeling

Return of the King

Quotes from the Passage

  1. Seeing
  2. Hearing
  3. Smelling
  4. Tasting
  5. Feeling

Dracula

Quotes from the Passage

  1. Seeing
  2. Hearing
  3. Smelling
  4. Tasting
  5. Feeling

The Invention of Wings

Quotes from the Passage

  1. Seeing
  2. Hearing
  3. Smelling
  4. Tasting
  5. Feeling

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Quotes from the Passage

  1. Seeing
  2. Hearing
  3. Smelling
  4. Tasting
  5. Feeling

Tonio Favetta is the author of Falling From the Ground, a Y/A SciFi adventure. He also teaches high school English.

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