Activating Nouns

Nouns are the words we use to name a person, a place or an object.

There can be other nouns, called abstract nouns, that are things we cannot see like ‘love’ or ‘hatred’.

When we are writing, we can make these nouns much more interesting by ‘activating’ them, or bringing them to life with description.

The sorts of ways we can make them more interesting is by explaining how many there are, using opinion and factual adjectives, using classifying adjectives and explaining where the noun is.

Here is an example of some sentences we activated as a class.

We then ‘had-a-go’ on our own and shared what we came up with.

In the future, when we are revising our work we can look for nouns and use a table like the one in the photo to ‘activate’ our nouns and make our writing more detailed and entertaining for the reader.

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