Below are lists of words and phrases that my P6 students and I have compiled together to write a happy scenario, a sad scenario or an exciting scenario. Please bear in mind these lists are not complete. They are just the beginning…

Words and phrases to write a happy scenario

a) Introduction

  • The sun shone brilliantly and the water in the pond glittered invitingly.
  • The sunset was glorious, all rosy and salmon-pink

b) Describing People

  • Puffy cheeks/ broad muscular shoulders/ cute button nose/ soft and sweet voice/ with lovely curls/ long, soft and silky hair/ bright, sparkling eyes

c) Describing happiness

  • Her heart was filled with overflowing joy.
  • She felt surrounded by angels of joy.
  • Her eyes twinkled with happiness.
  • She was in high spirits.

d) Idioms

  • On cloud nine
  • Smack one’s lips
  • Over the moon
  • Have a whale of a time
  • Lend a helping hand
  • Greet someone with open arms

e) Proverbs

  • A friend in need is a friend indeed
  • Every cloud has a silver lining
  • Make hay while the sun shines
  • Many hands make light work

f) Similes

  • As happy as a lark
  • As joyful as a fly
  • As faithful as a dog
  • As gentle as a dove
  • As graceful as a swan
  • As sharp as a razor
  • As bright as a button
  • As brilliant as stars

Words and phrases to write a sad scenario

a) Introduction

The morning was cold and wet with a brisk wind sweeping the rain across the land

b) Describing sadness/pain in dialogue

  • Sobbed
  • Moaned
  • Lamented
  • An expression of acute agony on his face

c) Describing people

  • Pale-looking
  • Sunken cheeks
  • Tremulous voice
  • Unkempt hair
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Dull, expressionless eyes
  • Puffy eyes

d) Idioms

  • Be on the rocks
  • No laughing matter
  • Down in the mouth
  • Have the blues
  • Get cold feet
  • Lose heart
  • Bury the hatchet
  • Could never see eye to eye

e) Proverbs

  • Beggars can’t be choosers
  • Its no use crying over spilt milk
  • Time and tide wait for no man

f) Similes

  • As sad as night
  • As mournful as the grave
  • As timid as a rabbit
  • As calm as death

Words and phrases to write an Exciting scenario

a) Introduction

  • The morning was cold and wet with a brisk wind sweeping the rain across the land
  • Black, ominious clouds covered the sky and released a sudden shower

b) Describing excitement/ panic

  • Screams and loud cries pierced the air
  • Everybody was fleeing franctically
  • Horrible screams filled the air
  • The scene was chaotic
  • The wails of the fire engines could be heard

c) Describing dialogue and exciting phrases

  • Stuttered
  • Gasped
  • Raved
  • Shrieked
  • A wild shriek of rage
  • A fearful peal of thunder
  • I was paralysed with fear
  • His eyes revolved in terror
  • She felt a shiver go down her spine
  • See red
  • Hit the ceiling
  • At the eleventh hour
  • Keep a cool head
  • Smelt a rat
  • At each other’s throats

d) Describing people

  • Full of pockmarks
  • Bulbous nose
  • A screeching voice
  • Eyes as red as burning coals

e) Proverbs

  • Alls well that ends well
  • Out of the frying pan and into the fire

f) Similes

  • As angry as a wasp
  • As fierce as a lion
  • As stubborn as a mule
  • As dark as midnight

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Updated on March 1, 2022