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Using Details to explain in writing

  Details in Writing

   Good writers include details that give causes and effects. They also tell their feelings in response to
    certain causes.

   Example of how you can start with a general statement, but use detail sentences to back up the
    general statement to tell the story: See next slide

   He was already an expert rider.
   The Crow Indians had stolen some Sioux horses.
   Slow had jabbed the Crow with his stick.
   He no longer seemed so slow and serious.
   He did have a slow and serious nature though.
   It was considered braver to push an enemy off of a horse than to shoot an arrow from far away.
   Slow had acted bravely
   They had won the battle.

   Details help describe, connect and elaborate on general pieces of information.

   Stories are more interesting when they put the reader in the place that they are reading about.

   Example 1 (No Details): Sara went to the park.

   Example 2 (Details): Sara Longhorn went to the Majestic waterfall park to read her favorite mystery

   Example 1 does not give the reader a picture of what the park looks like, but example 2 does, and
    the reader also learns what type of person Sara is and what she is doing in the park in sentence 2.

   Details help to create imagination, wonder and intrigue

   Details provide pictures for readers or audiences to see the bigger picture of what is going on.

   Writers must use details to make a point

   If a writer uses too many details, then the point or message may be lost in the details

   However, without details, it would be difficult to gain the full perspective or understanding of the

   Details make reading fun and interesting versus boring and dry
   Here are some types of words that can help you create a story with details in it:
   Hardworking, comfortable, picturesque, colors, smells, tastes, feelings, descriptions, places, sights,
    numbers, sounds, etc.