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The Descriptive/ Exploratory           Essay          (With thanks to Jesse Seldess)
Planning your descriptive essay:• What or who do you want to describe?• What is your reason for writing your description?•...
Principles• Typically, a descriptive  essay has one, clear  dominant impression. If,  for example you are  describing a sn...
Q. What if I      A. You should think about what linkschoose to write      the objects together. Do they                  ...
Any connections?Photo of friends                                        Signature wristband                   Favorite bac...
Drafting your descriptive essay:• What sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and  textures are important for developing your  de...
Concrete DetailsShe was nervous asshe approached         She used the sleeves ofthe staircase.        her stained wool swe...
Focus on the Five Senses• Sight*• Sound: If you are  describing a person,  remember to include  dialogue.• Smell• Touch• T...
Show: Don’t TellBut whats the difference between showing and  telling? Consider these two simple examples:• I grew tired a...
Word Choice:• The courthouse sagged• A black dog suffered• Men’s stiff collars wilted
Tips for Organization• Try moving your reader through space and  time chronologically.• Use a then-and-now approach to sho...
Chronological        Describe when        you acquired the        wristband (story)           Why I always           wore ...
Remember to    come up with a    clear thesis    statement/focus.    However, this    thesis does not    necessarily have ...
Revising your descriptive essay:• Have you provided enough details and descriptions to  enable your readers to gain a comp...
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  1. 1. The Descriptive/ Exploratory Essay (With thanks to Jesse Seldess)
  2. 2. Planning your descriptive essay:• What or who do you want to describe?• What is your reason for writing your description?• What are the particular qualities that you want to focus on?
  3. 3. Principles• Typically, a descriptive essay has one, clear dominant impression. If, for example you are describing a snowfall, it is important for you to decide and to let your reader know if it is threatening or lovely; in order to have one dominant impression it cannot be both. The dominant impression guides the authors selection of detail.
  4. 4. Q. What if I A. You should think about what linkschoose to write the objects together. Do they remind you of a place, group ofabout 3 objects people, events that are related? Are you nostalgic when you describethat are very these objects? Are you sad? Are you angry? Are you happy? Choosedifferent and objects that have connections to one another and to your past. Keepevoke different the essay focused on a dominant impression or story about your life.memories andmeanings?
  5. 5. Any connections?Photo of friends Signature wristband Favorite backpack
  6. 6. Drafting your descriptive essay:• What sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and textures are important for developing your description?• Which details can you include to ensure that your readers gain a vivid impression imbued with your emotion or perspective?• What details should be left out?
  7. 7. Concrete DetailsShe was nervous asshe approached She used the sleeves ofthe staircase. her stained wool sweater to wipe the sweat from her forehead before squinting into the darkness that lay before her. She rubbed her moist palms against her jeans before shoving her hand back into her side pocket and hastily pulling out her flashlight.
  8. 8. Focus on the Five Senses• Sight*• Sound: If you are describing a person, remember to include dialogue.• Smell• Touch• Taste
  9. 9. Show: Don’t TellBut whats the difference between showing and telling? Consider these two simple examples:• I grew tired after dinner.• As I leaned back and rested my head against the top of the chair, my eyelids began to feel heavy, and the edges of the empty plate in front of me blurred with the white tablecloth.
  10. 10. Word Choice:• The courthouse sagged• A black dog suffered• Men’s stiff collars wilted
  11. 11. Tips for Organization• Try moving your reader through space and time chronologically.• Use a then-and-now approach to show decay, change, or improvement. The house where you grew up might now be a rambling shack. The variations on this strategy are endless.• You may also use a topic-by-topic approach, especially if you are describing a person.
  12. 12. Chronological Describe when you acquired the wristband (story) Why I always wore it in high school - - what it says about me Who and what it reminds me of now and why I brought it
  13. 13. Remember to come up with a clear thesis statement/focus. However, this thesis does not necessarily have to come at the beginning of the essay.In this case, you may come to your overall statement about the value of the object(s)in your conclusion.
  14. 14. Revising your descriptive essay:• Have you provided enough details and descriptions to enable your readers to gain a complete and vivid perception?• Have you left out any minor but important details?• Have you used words that convey your emotion or perspective?• Are there any unnecessary details in your description?• Does each paragraph of your essay focus on one aspect of your description?• Are you paragraphs ordered in the most effective way?
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