This clip featuring language from Rachel Carson's 'The Sea Around' shows how, through close textual analysis at sentence level, a writer can consciously craft sentences to convey meaning to the reader. The narrator uses the text on screen to demonstrate how the main clause in a sentence can be placed at the end, to create anticipation in the reader. Adjectival phrases add detail, and punctuation is used to control the pace.

This clip is from:
Curriculum Bites, English
First broadcast:
4 October 2007

This clip can be used at the beginning and end of a series of activities focusing on descriptive non-fiction writing. The class could discuss the key elements to be explored, including personification, adjectival phrases, verbs and punctuation.