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Descriptive paragraph

How to write descriptive paragraphs

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Descriptive paragraph

  1. 1. Descriptive Paragraphs Professor: Leticia Esteves QLU-Panamá/ Fall 2015 Academic Writing English 101
  2. 2. Descriptive paragraphs include details that appeal to the five senses: A good description is a word picture: the reader can imagine the object, the place or the person in his/her mind.
  3. 3. Descriptions usually follow a pattern known as spatial order. Spatial order is the arrangement of things in space.
  4. 4. A writer plans where to put each object in a word picture in the same way artists plan where to place each object in painting.
  5. 5. In a description, writers often use spatial order to organise their ideas. Spatial order is the arrangement of items in order by space. • Describe things on the left. • Describe things on the right. • Describe the things at the top. • Describe the things at the bottom.
  6. 6. Spatial Order Signal Words Just as there are words to show time order, there are words to show spatial organization on the left at the top of next to in the center in front of in the front of inside outside behind between in back of across
  7. 7. Sentence for Descriptive Paragraphs The topic sentence of a descriptive paragraph should name the topic. The controlling idea of a descriptive paragraph should give the overall impression of the place you are describing. The details or secondary ideas should be full of adjectives.
  8. 8. How to write a descriptive paragraph…