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Description Essay . “Little strokes fell great oaks.” Benjamin Franklin. What is a Description Essay . A description essay appeals to the reader’s five senses: sight , sound , smell , taste , and touch .

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Description Essay

“Little strokes fell great oaks.”

Benjamin Franklin


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What is a Description Essay

  • A description essay appeals to the reader’s five senses: sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch.

  • It paints a vivid picture with words. The writer’s purpose is to describe people, places, or objects as detailed as possible so that the readers are able to form a clear picture in their minds.


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To write a description essay, it would be a good idea to follow the following steps . . .

  • Step one: Choose an interesting topic (a person, place or an object)


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Step two follow the following steps . . . : Decide on what kind of dominant impression you want to convey with your description

  • Examples:

    Topic—STC Pecan Campus

    Dominant Impression—STC Pecan Campus is vibrant.

    Topic—My Grandma

    Dominant Impression—My grandma is a strong woman.


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Step three follow the following steps . . . : Support the dominant impression with at least three major features.

  • Examples:

  • STC Pecan Campus is vibrant: one can sense the lively atmosphere by watching students busy socializing, faculty members busy conduction classes, and student activists organizing activities

  • My grandmother is a strong woman. Her strength lies in her intellectual power, her emotional steadiness and her good health.


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Step four: follow the following steps . . . Use descriptive details. The following are ways to provide descriptive details.

  • Vague: The tuna tasted strange.

  • Improved: The tuna tasted bitter and spoiled.

  • Vague: The closet smelled funny.

  • Improved: The closet smelled damp.

  • Vague: The old man smiled.

  • Improved: The wrinkled, gray-haired, old man grinned a toothless smile.


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Use descriptive diction follow the following steps . . .

  • 2). Replace being verbs (am, be, been, is, was, were) with descriptive action

  • words to improve a description essay.

  • Vague: Leo is having a conversation with Elizabeth.

  • Improved: Leo whispers secrets into Elizabeth’s ear.

  • Vague: The music is loud throughout the apartment.

  • Improved: The music blares throughout the apartment.

  • 3). Replace boring verbs with action verbs to further enrich the description

  • in the essay.

  • Vague: The salesman looked at Erika when she opened the door.

  • Improved: The salesman stared at Erika when she opened the door.

  • Vague: Paul’s hungry date ate the pastry.

  • Improved: Paul’s hungry date devoured the pastry.

  • 4). Avoid vague nouns, such as thing, stuff, and item.

  • Vague: Honesty is a thing that I admire.

  • Improved: Honesty is a trait that I admire.

  • Vague: Henry gave the stuff to his brother.

  • Improved: Henry gave the bag of books to his brother.


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Writing Descriptive Essays follow the following steps . . .

  • I. Introduction

  • 1. Lead-in: Introduce the person or place to be described in an interesting way.

  • 2. Transition: Explain how you get to know this person or place.

  • 3. Thesis Statement:

    • 1). Present the dominant impression of the person or place.

    • 2). Present the three features that support the dominant impression.


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Body follow the following steps . . .

  • Body Paragraph 1

  • 1. Topic Sentence: Introduce the first feature.

  • 2. Supporting Details: Use descriptive details.

  • 3. Closing Remarks: Summarize this paragraph.

  • Body Paragraph 2

  • 1. Topic Sentence: Introduce the second feature.

  • 2. Supporting Details: Use descriptive details.

  • 3. Closing Remarks: Summarize this paragraph.

  • Body Paragraph 3

  • 1. Topic Sentence: Introduce the third feature.

  • 2. Supporting Details: Use descriptive details.

  • 3. Closing Remarks: Summarize this paragraph.


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Conclusion follow the following steps . . .

  • 1. Rephrase the thesis sentence.

  • 2. Restate the three features.

  • 3. Extend the significance of the description.