i‑Learner Education Centre

Student Work

Literary Techniques in Descriptions



This is a description of Victoria Harbour written by Hazel, one of my Primary 4 students, in my Love to Write class. In this writing class, I encouraged students to create vivid descriptions of a setting – so lively that readers could visualise the scene in their minds!

Using the technique of “Show, Don’t Tell”, students employed a variety of literary devices, such as similes, metaphors and imageries in their writing. The students were also asked to include sensory details (sight, sound, touch, smell, taste) in their compositions.

I am particularly impressed by this student’s ability to write eloquently. In her description of the “dazzling” and “colourful” lights in the light show, the phrase that I find most memorable is “the lights were like naughty children, running all over the sky.” Well done, Hazel!