Lesson 5: Convincing Description

Writing Exercise

When Scout sees Miss Maudie’s house on fire, she says, “Jem, it looks like a pumpkin.” That’s not the first comparison most of us would have thought to make, but it makes perfect sense. It helps the reader picture exactly what the burning house looks like. Try coming up with your own unexpected comparisons: Envision a tree being blown by the wind, and write three surprising but believable similes to describe it.