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.
Can be used as part of a session on analysing descriptive (or literary) non-fiction. Can be used in conjunction with further extracts from Rachel Carson’s ‘The Sea Around Us , as a model of analysis which students could use as a guide to writing their own analyses of paragraphs of the text.