Imagery - 8th Grade ELA
Imagery in literature allows words to paint a vibrant picture.
My name is Miss Roger Waters, and this is part of the reading with Roger Siri's Today I'm introducing imagery. An imagery is part of the author's craft. So just this before you've seen my other videos, we'll start with authors craft and what that means. It's just the way and author writes his or her story or text. Any piece of writing has a crafty author chooses words intentionally, and the choosing of words is called Word Choice. Authors, just like painters and chefs, choose their colors or choose their ingredients just like they choose their words. So today we're gonna talk about imagery and all their shoes specific types of imagery in order to get the reader to build a picture in their minds, you'll see what I mean in a second. I'm Generally, imagery is language that is descriptive, and it deals with the fast since is so you'll deal with how things taste, helping smell, how things feel, sound and look, and again we'll see some examples in just a moment. All right, so here's an original sentence. She drink water on a hot day. If you close your eyes, you really couldn't paint a picture there's not much description in that sentence, so we're gonna change it by adding a bit of imagery. And remember, imagery is when we appeal to the senses so we can talk about how that water looks, How it tastes help feels how it sounds, any of those things to describe this activity. So now I've added descriptive words. The cool, refreshing water clinched her thirst as the scorching sun radiated on her. So at that point, now even paint a picture in your mind of a girl who's definitely tired or hot, and she's drinking some cool, refreshing water. The descriptive words appealed to your senses, and you're able to paint a picture in your mind of what's going on. So let's practice together. We're gonna add energy to these sentences to make them more vivid. Number one. The house looked run down again. It's hard to picture that house in your head. You're not quite sure what about that house looks run down so generally when you add imagery and makes your sentences longer and you kind of tell what kind, how many? Which one? And you just describe everything in this sentence. So in order to change this one, we added descriptions. The crumbling shack looked as if the yellowed spiderweb windows were the only things holding up the rotting timbers of the roof. Yes, it's still since the same thing the house looked run down. But in this version, you can close your eyes and see the crumbling shack. You can see the yellow windows in your mind with spiderweb cracks in them, and you see the rotting timbers. Okay, never to the cookies were burned. Well, all of us can imagine what burn cookies look like in our head. But this sentence really doesn't help us paint a picture in our minds. There are no descriptive words that really help. So here we've changed an added description. The chocolate chip cookies were crisp and crumbling in the chunks of tar like booze. All right, that's a good one. That one talks about your site. You can see it, and you can almost feel it tar like use. I can kind of feel that being really sticky, angry. All right, Number three. The couch was comfortable. Well, in this one, you don't even know what kind of catch to imagine in your head. So let's add a little bit of description and build that image in our minds. The plush velveteen couch enveloped my body in the most pillow like cocoon. All right, in this one. I know it's soft, it's plush. It's like a velvet, and it's must be very, very soft. Okay, so imagery really helps us paint pictures in our minds. Have you ever read a book? And you were confused if you saw the movie or read the book? I do that all the time. When I read, I paint pictures in my mind as I go, and I can't remember if I saw the movie or read the book. That's when the authors really using great imagery heart. So let's try some examples. We're going to read this excerpt from all summer in a day. It's a short story about Ray Bradbury. If you've not read it, you should really read it. It's very interesting. It's actually said in Venus. Here I go. I want you to listen out for imagery, so listen out. When the author describes how something looks, tastes, sounds, feels any of that it rand. It had been writing for seven years, thousands upon thousands of days compounded and field from one into the other with rain with the drum and gush of water with the sweet crystal fall of showers and the concussion of storms so heavy they were title ways come over the islands. 1000 forests had been crushed under the rain and grown up 1000 times to be crushed again. And this was the way life waas forever on the planet Venus. And this was the school room of the Children of the rocket men and women who had come to a reigning world to set up civilization and live out their lives. All right, so the author here is painting the setting of Venus Norris. And obviously we have never been Venus. So we're trying to paint a image in our minds. So let's look at the piece and find those descriptive words that help us see. There are a lot of sound imagery here, like things that you could here. So let's see if we can find some. All right, I can hear the drum of rain. You can hear it fitting something. The gush of water. You can kind of see that the sweet crystal ball, having seen a crystal chandelier or crystals hanging. You can kind of see those glistening raindrops look like crystals. The concussion of storms. You can kind of hear that thunder heavy. That's a feeling heavy. And they were. Title waves come over the islands. There must be a lot of rain. Okay, 1000 sports have been crushed, so you know, this rain is coming down quite heavily. All right. So authors like to use imagery in order to paint pictures in our minds. Without imagery, reading would not be a fun. So I urge you to the practice and find some more imagery by using the link below Or just read a book. Any pages bound offer imagery for you to see and find you Have a good day. Thanks for watching.