Painting Pictures with Words
Karen S
Wright
•When writing a
descriptive paper,
use the five senses
to appeal to your
audience;
•The five senses
help to paint a
pictur...
Example: Gooey, homemade cookies and cakes
lusciously drip with chocolate heaven while filling
the air with a rich cocoa a...
Example: Spring is
like the promise of
a new opportunity,
a new beginning, or
hope.
Example: The
depth of the
flowing river that
winds through
the tiny village is
like the depth of
the human soul.
Use personification to give human
characteristics to inanimate objects
Example: With
majestic arms
stretching
toward the s...
Vivid words will paint a vibrant picture.
Example: Angry
crashing waves
unrelentingly whip
the humble,
century-old
lightho...
1. Chronological/Sequ
ential
2. Spatial
3. Psychological
There are the three main patterns used for
descriptive writing.
This kind of order arranges events in the
order that they happen in time.
•Wake up
•Meet Friends
•Attend school
•Eat lunch...
This kind paragraph discusses logical order
just like this city’s logical order of buildings.
•Organizational
order
•Order...
Up Down Next
Beside Behind Under
South North East
West Above Over
This kind of paragraph discusses the
importance of events, objects, or things.
•Most important to
least important
•Least i...
Descriptive
writing carefully
paints colorful
pictures in
meaningful ways
to create images
in the mind.
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  1. 1. Painting Pictures with Words Karen S Wright
  2. 2. •When writing a descriptive paper, use the five senses to appeal to your audience; •The five senses help to paint a picture with words..
  3. 3. Example: Gooey, homemade cookies and cakes lusciously drip with chocolate heaven while filling the air with a rich cocoa aroma. How does it smell? How does it taste? What are the textures? What does it look like?
  4. 4. Example: Spring is like the promise of a new opportunity, a new beginning, or hope.
  5. 5. Example: The depth of the flowing river that winds through the tiny village is like the depth of the human soul.
  6. 6. Use personification to give human characteristics to inanimate objects Example: With majestic arms stretching toward the sky, the tree waited to embrace the setting sun.
  7. 7. Vivid words will paint a vibrant picture. Example: Angry crashing waves unrelentingly whip the humble, century-old lighthouse causing it to succumb with a mighty fall.
  8. 8. 1. Chronological/Sequ ential 2. Spatial 3. Psychological There are the three main patterns used for descriptive writing.
  9. 9. This kind of order arranges events in the order that they happen in time. •Wake up •Meet Friends •Attend school •Eat lunch •Study •Eat dinner •Go to work
  10. 10. This kind paragraph discusses logical order just like this city’s logical order of buildings. •Organizational order •Order of a room •Order of a town •Order of a city
  11. 11. Up Down Next Beside Behind Under South North East West Above Over
  12. 12. This kind of paragraph discusses the importance of events, objects, or things. •Most important to least important •Least important to most important •Over-rated to under-rated •Under-rated to over-rated
  13. 13. Descriptive writing carefully paints colorful pictures in meaningful ways to create images in the mind.

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