By describing where the events are about to take place, you can transport your reader into another world. Make use of the five senses – sight, hearing, smell, touch and taste – to evoke the atmosphere of the setting.
The following will give you some examples of how you can describe using time as the main element.
The same place can look and feel very different at different times of the day. Take a park, for example. At daybreak, it is cool and invigorating, full of songbirds, walkers and joggers. At midday, it is sleepy, hot and still. In the evening, shadows lengthen and coolness returns. But at night, it can be a frightening place, with dangers lurking in the dark shadows of the foliage.
- The day dawned crisp and clear.
- The sun poured through my window. Another day had dawned, bringing with it new hopes and aspirations.
- The light of dawn seeped into my room. I rubbed my bleary eyes and walked to the window. There was a pearly glow in the sky.
- The first rays of sunlight lit up my room. The dawn chorus of melodic birdsong drifted in.
- The rising sun cast a rosy hue across the morning sky. Golden fingers of sunlight lit up the scene.
- The just-risen sun shone softly on the city streets, bringing with it a flurry of early-morning activity.
- Dappled sun shone through the trees, creating mysterious shadows.
- The blue sky was dotted with fluffy white clouds that drifted lazily in the gentle breeze.
- The blazing midday sun shone relentlessly on the hikers.
- The roads shimmered in the heat of the midday sun. The sunlit skyscrapers pierced the hot, blue sky.
- The afternoon sun bathed the buildings in its warm light.
- Tiny specks of dust seemed to dance in the shaft of afternoon sunlight that slanted through the window.
EVENING AND NIGHT
- The evening sun cast long shadows on the ground. The slanting rays of the setting sun gave a warm orange tinge to the sky.
- The sky was ablaze with the fire of the setting sun.
- The night sky was aglow with bright city lights.
- The pale crescent moon shone like a silvery claw in the night sky.
- We looked up at the blanket of stars that stretched to infinity.
- The occasional barking of faraway dogs broke the silence of the night.
Encourage your child to use these descriptions in the tests and examinations. Help them familiarise with these phrases through simple activities by writing short introductory paragraphs with one or two of the descriptions, or give them short dictation quizzes!
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