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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

Development by Description

Dotti Shelton

Developmental English Instructor

South Texas Community College

what is descriptive writing
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.
possible descriptions
Possible Descriptions:
  • People:
  • Places:
  • Objects:
  • Emotions:
how do i start
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?
learn more read the student essay on page 63 in writing textbook
Learn MoreRead 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?
how do i organize a descriptive essay
How do I organize 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
what do i have to do
What do I have to do?
  • 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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