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The description pattern
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The description pattern

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  • 1. The Description Patternp. 142- 172
  • 2. What is the Description Pattern?
    To support the thesis, use detailed and specific descriptions.
    Description creates images, establishes context, evokes moods, and aids in understanding.
  • 3. Purposes for Description
    To entertain.
    To share feelings and experiences.
    To inform the reader on an unfamiliar subject.
    To create a fresh appreciation for the familiar.
    To persuade.
    After discerning purpose, consider your audience.
  • 4. Dominant Impression
    Focus your description with a single dominant impression (notable quality).
    Describe only those features that contribute to that impression.
  • 5. Determine the Need for Objective & Subjective Description
    Objective description includes observable, factual details expressed in unemotional language.
    Subjective description includes expressive, emotional language to convey feelings and emotions.
    They can be used separately or together.
  • 6. Use Concrete Sensory Detail
    Concrete sensory detail creates vivid mental images.
    It consists of specific words that appeal to the senses (sight, sound, taste, smell, touch).
  • 7. Similes and Metaphors
    Figurative language helps create vivid descriptions.
    A simile uses the words like or as to compare two things usually not seen as similar.
    A metaphor also compares two things that are not usually seen as similar, but without using like or as.
  • 8. Organizing Description
    Your thesis should state what you are describing and your dominant impression about your subject.
    When you form your thesis, express your impression in specific language.
  • 9. Arrange Descriptive Details
    Chronological order is helpful if describing an experience.
    Spatial order is helpful if describing a place.
    Progressive order is helpful if you are building up to an impressive ending.

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