"Nothing is more memorable than smell." —Diane Ackerman in her book,
A Natural History of the Senses
The scents we remember may represent only a brief moment in our
life; for example, the time we smelled yellow roses while walking with
a new love. When we smell the flowers again, we will remember the
smell of the night air, the rose's scent, the salty breeze. In this
lesson, we will remember and describe an event in our lives through
the smells of one place and time.
Nouns: scent, odour, perfume, whiff, aroma, fragrance, stench, reek
Verbs: smell, scent, inhale, waft, perfume, get a whiff of, reek
Adjectives: smelly, inhaled, scented, perfumed, stinking, reeking,
Pick a favourite place and remember four details of the smells
present there. Try to think of a specific time you were in that place
Remember food smells, household smells, cooking smells, if the
place you remember is a home.
Outdoors smells in nature, when combined with a walk in a
beautiful place, often produce strong memories.
List the four smells before you begin your paragraph.
Include in your paragraph at least one other person who was
present at the place you remember.
Keep your first draft short, so you can finish in 20 minutes or so.
Mention three different smells in your paragraph.
Take your paragraph home to revise and bring it to class next week.
Read the teacher's sample:
"An Early Morning Walk
in Vancouver" (Essay)
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