Writing a Descriptive Essay

Contents:
What is descriptive structure?
When will I use the descriptive structure?
What are my Individual Project assignment options?
How do I write an essay with descriptive structure?

 

What is descriptive structure?

Descriptive writing uses sensory detail to describe a person, a place, a thing, or an animal. Sensory detail is detail about what something or someone looks, smells, sounds, tastes, or feels like. These details give the reader a clear picture of the thing or person you are describing. To learn more about and practice using sensory detail, complete Thinking Exercise 1: Sensory Detail.
 
Of course you need some kind of structure, but the way you choose to organize your description will depend on your topic and what is most important to you about it. You may need to try different ways of organizing the information before you find one that works best for your essay. To learn about different ways to organize a description, complete Thinking Exercise 2: The Organizing Principle.

When will I use the descriptive structure?

In a biology class, you may be required to give a detailed description of a plant or animal. In a sociology class, you might need to describe a typical middle-class person. You may want to describe the new city you are living in to your parents in a letter or e-mail message. The most important reason to learn about descriptive structure, however, is that learning how to write with sensory detail will improve any piece of writing that you do.

What are my Individual Project assignment options?

Choose from the options below for your Individual Project assignment:

How do I write an essay with descriptive structure?

Writing Exercise 1: Planning Think Sheet
Writing Exercise 2: Organization Think Sheet
Writing Exercise 3: Writing Think Sheet
Writing Exercise 4: Self-Evaluation Think Sheet
Writing Exercise 5: Editor Evaluation Think Sheet
Writing Exercise 6: Revision Think Sheet
Writing Exercise 7: Reflection

 

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Last Updated: 10 November 2000
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