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Descriptive Essay Writing

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Descriptive Essay Writing

  1. 1. DESCRIPTIVE ESSAY WRITING
  2. 2. 1)What Is Descriptive Writing?   Descriptive writing creates a picture of a person, place, thing, orevent. Description tells what somethinglooks, sounds, smells, tastes, or feels like.
  3. 3. 2) Elements of Descriptive Writing Good descriptive writing is comprised of five elements; Sensory Details, FigurativeLanguage, dominant impression, precise language, and Careful Organization.
  4. 4. 1) Sensory Details  Good descriptive writing includes many vivid sensory details that paint a picture and appeals toall of the readers senses ofsight, hearing, touch, smell, and taste whenappropriate. Descriptive writing may also paint apictures of the feelings the person, place or thing invokes the writer.
  5. 5. 2) Figurative Language  Good descriptive writing often makes use of figurative language to help paint the picture in the readersmind. There are many ways to use figurativelanguage, and it is a talent that should be practiced until perfected.-A simile uses like or as to compare two unlike things. Example: Her smile was like sunshine. -A metaphor compares two unlike things without using like or as: Example: Her smile was a light that lit up the room. -Personification suggests comparison between a nonliving thing and a person by giving the nonliving thing human traits.
  6. 6. 3) A DOMINANT IMPRESSION When you plan a descriptive essay, your focus on selecting details that help your readers see what yousee, feel what you feel, and experience what youexperience. Your goal is to create a single dominantimpression, a central theme or idea to which all thedetails relate-for example, the liveliness of a streetscene or the quiet of a summer night. This dominantimpression unifies the description and gives readers anoverall sense of what the person, place, object, or scenelooks like(and perhaps what it sounds, smells, tastes, orfeels like). Sometimes_but not always_ your details willsupport a thesis making a point about the subject you are describing.
  7. 7. 4) PRECISE LANGUAGE Good descriptive writing uses precise language. Using specific words and phrases will help thereader “see” what you are describing. If a word orphrase is specific, it is exact and precise. Theopposite of specific language is language that is vague, general, or fuzzy.
  8. 8. 5) CAREFUL ORGANIZATION Good descriptive writing is organized. Some ways to organize descriptive writing include:of chronological (time), spatial (location), and order importance.
  9. 9. 3)TRANSITION WORDS AND PHRASES THAT SIGNAL . DESCRIPTION.
  10. 10. Transitions used in descriptive writing vary depending on whether you aredescribing a person, a place, or athing. Here are some examples oftransitions that might be used in descriptive contexts:
  11. 11. TO SHOW SPATIAL ORDER OR DIRECTION
  12. 12. TO SHOW ORDER OF IMPORTANCE
  13. 13. TO SHOW TIME ORDER
  14. 14. 4)THE STRUCTURE OF A DESCRIPTIVE ESSAY

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