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Development by Description. Dotti Shelton Developmental English Instructor South Texas Community College. What is Descriptive Writing?. A piece of writing where the writer, using carefully selected details creates a word picture of people, places, objects and emotions in

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Development by Description

Dotti Shelton

Developmental English Instructor

South Texas Community College


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What is Descriptive Writing?

  • A piece of writing where the writer, using carefully selected details

  • creates a word picture of people, places, objects and emotions in

  • order to make an impression upon

  • the reader.


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Possible Descriptions:

  • People:

  • Places:

  • Objects:

  • Emotions:


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Decide if you want to explain, inform persuade and/or create a mood (combination)

Decide on how to do this

Objectively-without personal impressions

Subjectively-personal, impressionistic, emotive response

Decide on details to include

Appropriateness

Clarity

Specificity

Vividness

Use of the senses

Sight

Sound

Smell

Taste

Touch

How do I start?


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Learn More a mood (combination)Read the Student Essay on Page 63 in Writing Textbook

  • Respond to the following questions:

    • What was the writer’s purpose of this essay? (explain, inform, persuade, create a mood, or a combination)-Who is the audience?

    • From whose perspective is this essay written?Is this accomplished objectively or subjectively? How do you know this? Is the perspective consistent?

    • List three details from the essay that you consider to be best. Why did you choose these details?

    • What senses did the writer use, if any? Was the use of the senses, if applicable, effective? If so, how?


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How do I organize a mood (combination)a descriptive essay?

  • Introduction

    • General Statement

    • Less General Statement

    • Thesis

    • Essay Map (three points)

  • Three Body Paragraphs

    • Topic Sentences

    • Details-Appropriate, Clear, Specific

      • Explanations, Examples

    • Use of Senses

    • Transition sentences

  • Conclusion

    • Summarizes three points in three distinct sentences

    • Closure


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What do I have to do? a mood (combination)

  • Complete the Development by Description Organizer.

  • You may choose your own subject matter.

  • For convenience and writer’s block, there is a list of suggested topics on page 65 of your writing textbook.


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