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 can be used at the beginning and end of a series of activities focusing on descriptive writing. Students could be challenged to write their own poem about a natural phenomenon, or a place they visit often. If they are stuck for ideas, they could be given photos from magazines or elsewhere to capture in language.
Students could study some poems looking for examples of adjectival phrases, personification and so on.