Spring is here again. Saturday, March 28th, 2009 is Earth Hour. Earth Hour is a time that the people of planet Earth can come together and turn off their lights from 8:30 to 9:30 pm. Earth Hour is a chance for everyone to participate and show their concern for the environment and the need to conserve energy. With these ideas in mind, I began thinking about what I could write for my weekly feature. I thought about the topic “going green” as it would include both springtime and Earth Hour.
Then I thought about what we have been doing in our English classes. We have been writing to describe what we see. When we describe things, one of the things we can use is colour. In English there are many words to describe colours. We should use colour to help the reader "see" what we are writing about. Using colours is an easy way to help writing be vivid. You can use colours to describe things like a red car, golden sunset, or a yellow bumblebee. You can use colours to describe people such as creamy skin, pink cheeks, brown hair, or black hair.
Here is a list of colours in English. I like it because it has many colours and each colour is shaded in the colour it is naming (for example red is red).
Some colours can be used to describe feelings as well. Some examples would be "green with envy," "turning green," "seeing red," and "being blue".
Colours can be used to describe things in greater detail. Here is a website that explains how colours can be used in English. It is interesting because there is an "Index" which is similar to the first link above giving information of different colours, in alphabetical order, and it tries to explain the colour (does not show the colour like the first link). The "second part" (the colours listed in the left column of the “index” page) is interesting as it gives many different choices for a specific colour word and a brief description of the different words (black – ebony, charcoal, slate).
Learning to use colour in writing is very important. It can make your writing more descriptive and more interesting as well. Because colour can be used in many different ways and mean different things, using colours in your writing can be dangerous too. So try it out.
In today’s economy we don’t want to be "in the red" but "in the black." You can use "rose coloured glasses" to see the world. Next time you are writing, use colour.
(March 29, 2009)
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