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Describing a Place

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Pictures of Places
The extract below describes a place. Read it through carefully.

The wood was a beautiful place to be. Sunlight slipped through the leaves and twinkled on the ground below. A light breeze played with the trees, whispering and laughing in the branches. Ferns and grasses waved gently about and the tiny tracks of woodland creatures wove in and out of the soft green carpet.

Now here is the same wood, described in a very different way.

The trees loomed overhead, their sharp branches reaching down to catch and snag anyone who dared to come near them. Shadows shifted around and green eyes peered through the inky black darkness. The wind moaned and the trees creaked. Suddenly, a haunting shriek pierced the night as a lone owl swooped to capture its prey.

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Pictures of Places Questions
1. When you are describing a place it is important to get across the atmosphere (or ‘feel’) of the place, as well as what it looks like. The two woodland extracts show how words can be used to do this. Write down ten words from each extract, which help to create the atmosphere in each one.

2. The box on the left shows four more descriptions of trees. Match each one with the words in the box on the right to show the atmosphere that each description creates. The ancient branches spread out across the sky. The branches grabbed and tore at his arms as he ran. The tree swayed gently in the breeze. Bright green leaves burst from its slender branches. Evil

Old and majestic

Young and full of life

Peaceful

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3. Imagine you are describing the sea and you want it to sound pleasant. Write down three words you could use.

4. Now imagine you are describing the sea and you want it to sound dangerous. Write down three words...

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