Lesson #120: Mini-lesson Monday (Part 2): How Frances Hodgson Burnett’s Children’s Book Illustrates Effective Writing

Mini-lesson Monday (Part 2):

✨This passage by Frances Hodgson Burnett is noteworthy for how simply yet effectively it describes ACTIVITY: (both physical movement and internal thoughts). 

It does this in two ways:

✒️ Firstly, by using SHORT SENTENCES that express some kind of tension and transformation.

✒️  Secondly, by including A SINGLE ADVERB in the whole section: and notice how a single adverb can be so effective when used appropriately in writing.

For you: Can you find that adverb?

💡 HINT: it is synonymous with ‘investigative’ or ‘intensely analytical especially with regard to a person’.

I hope Hodgson Burnett’s clear and simplified writing style will give you new ideas on how to improve your own writing!

by J. E. Gibbons

English language tutor and researcher at 'Learn English Through Literature' (2024)