In your conclusion, try to answer this question: What general impression do you want your reader to have of the thing you are describing? (See handout on paragraph/essay development for more information) PRACTICE: Read the following descriptive paragraph and then answer the questions that follow. Late at night, the ocean near my grandmother’s house always fills me with wonder. When the clouds cover the moon, the darkness is complete. Then, I hear the waves coming toward me, swelling, breaking, and bursting into surf that I cannot see. Now that I am in touch with my senses, I am hit with a smell of salt and dampness that seems to coat my lungs. I stand completely still, just experiencing the beach, as if I have become a part of the elements. What kinds of details are used in the body to describe the topic?
in order to guide the reader around the space you’re describing.
(See handout on paragraph/essay development for more information) As she entered the room, the light from the windows at the back cast light that lit up all the pictures on the wall to the left. Rule 6: The conclusion of a descriptive paper summarizes the ideas and brings it to a closing. When the moon is full, the light reflects off the water, bouncing up and shining on the waves as they start to break. During the day, their call sounds raw, but at night it softens and sounds like a plea.
Descriptions that are organized in order of importance take a reader through the door and build up details from the obvious and uninteresting to the unique and significant.
The narrator might reveal a homemade egg sandwich on an English muffin.
This is the point the writer makes about the topic.
(See handout on topic sentences/thesis statements for more info.) The California summer nights come alive with the setting sun.They might follow your footsteps on the fateful day when you discovered that your office was relocated to the sixteenth floor, which was bad enough, except when you pushed the button you discovered the elevator was broken.Near ten o'clock you finally made it to the top of the of stairs, only to realize your building only has fifteen floors.The experience always calms me and takes away the strains of everyday life. What is being described in this paragraph (the topic)? Find the adjectives, and any metaphors, similes, or uses of personification. What uses of the five senses were used to describe this topic? As a writer of a descriptive work, you invite a reader to step into your world and experience the scene as if they are there, through your senses and colored by your thoughts and feelings.Moving through time in chronological order is a common organizational style for descriptive writing.With a spatial organization of your piece, the reader steps through the threshold and moves forward with the writer in space, exploring the house one room at a time, avoiding the cats that may be twisting around their feet and narrowly missing Legos left by a child that could mutilate or maim a tender foot.DESCRIPTIVE WRITING Descriptive writing uses details in order to create a strong image of a topic by appealing to the five senses.Descriptive writing makes good writing even better.It might be a Thomas's English muffin, with a chunk of cheddar cheese melting over the edges of the egg, and pooling onto the plate.The reader follows along, examining the breakfast sandwich in closer and closer detail until the wedding ring beside the plate reveals that this is a goodbye breakfast.