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A reader's response to a piece of descriptive writing

A reader's response to a piece of  descriptive writing
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Key Info
  • A reader's response to a piece of descriptive writing
  • Duration: 01:43
  • Atlantic rower Debra Veal describes in detail the impact a descriptive passage from 'The Sea Around Us' by Rachel Carson has on her as she reads it. She focuses on words and models her thinking as she responds emotively to the passage. She does not go on to look at how the writer has generated her response, she just articulates what her response is.
  • Subject:

    English

       Topic:

    Reading

  • Keywords: impact, reader, mood, emotion, interpretation, review, comment, analyse. reading skills
Ideas for use in class
  • Use with students who have difficulty explaining the impact a passage has on them as they read. This is an interim stage - students need to express their thinking first, then explore how the writer has generated this response. A good clip to use in the guided reading setting.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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