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The Parts of a Character Description description paints a vivid portrait of what someone is like. It uses sensory details to give readers a first-hand impression of that person. Here is an example of a character description written by a fifth-grade student. As you read, think about how the student organized it. Then answer the

A good character

questions.

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I lntroduce the

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character in

the first sentence. Choose an appropriate

organization-order of events,

cold. She was the only one in line who wasnt shouting at the boy

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I order of importance,

who was frozenwith fear on the board. Nlelissa was wide-eyed with

etc

excitement.I had never seen her before even though I went to the

I Develop your character

pool almost every day.The anticipation ofjumping offthe high dive

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description by using sensory deta ils.

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towel if she held my place in line.

Use different types of

i1 sentences to help make your .. i wntrng rnterestrng:

oN*n.n-noo"shesarrc."Ihawabetteridea.o.]. Melissa,started,!ryCing on her toes and then wildlywiggling her arms over her head.The kids quieted and looked at her. She didnt seem to care. She was just getting warm.

1. Underline the

sentence that introduces the character.

2. Draw a circle around the sentence that seems to be out of order. Then draw 3.

an

arrow to the place where you think this sentence will make more sense. Find the sensory details in the passage. Write at least one example of each. Sight:

Sound:

Smell:

Touch:

4. What else do the sensory details tell you about

Melissa?

Writer's Companion. UNIT 1 Lesson 1 Sensory Details


Character Description