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Descriptive Paragraphs. The Four Square Method. What is a descriptive paragraph? What does it mean to describe something? Descriptions use the senses to “describe” a topic.

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descriptive paragraphs

DescriptiveParagraphs

The Four Square Method

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What is a descriptive paragraph? What does it mean to describe something?

Descriptions use the senses to “describe” a topic.

The purpose of a descriptive paragraph is to make the reader feel, see, taste, smell, or hear what you are talking about.

Descriptive Paragraphs
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No matter what you are writing about, the goal of a descriptive paragraph is to use details that give a vivid picture of your topic.

  • Descriptive paragraphs use adjectives or describing words to paint a picture of a topic.
  • A good paragraph will have 3-5 sentences.
  • Your first sentence will be your topic sentence.
  • The sentences that follow will be your descriptive sentences.
an example
An Example
  • The zoo is my favorite place to take my children. The tigers, with their orange and black stripes and menacing grin, are amazing. The wrinkled, leather skin of the elephants crinkles as they raise their trunks. But, the best part of the zoo is watching the mother giraffe, with her stretched neck, wander the yard with her little baby. The zoo is a feast for the eyes!
step one
Step One
  • The first step in writing a descriptive paragraph is to consider your topic.
  • Write down as many sensory words as possible to describe your topic.
  • Remember to consider sights, smells, tastes, sounds, etc.
  • Then, write a topic sentence!
  • The topic sentence is your main point.
step 2 the four squares
Step 2: The Four Squares
  • Fold a piece of paper in half and then in half again to make 4 squares.
  • On the first square, write your topic sentence. This sentence is your main point or how you feel about the topic.
  • On the other 3 squares, write three descriptive words.
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The Four Squares

Giraffe

Lion

Zoo

I like going to the zoo to see the animals.

Elephant

step three write your sentences
Step Three: Write Your Sentences
  • Now, write a sentence for each of the three words in your four squares.

Giraffes have beautiful, spotted skin and long necks.

Lions are proud, huge, animals with furry manes.

Zoo

I like going to the zoo to see the animals because of their amazing features.

Elephants are grey and wrinkled with their long trunks.

step four write your paragraph
Step Four: Write Your Paragraph!
  • Now, put your four sentences together into a paragraph! Then repeat your topic sentence but change it a little.
    • I like going to the zoo to see the animals because of their amazing features. Lions are proud, huge, animals with furry manes.Giraffes have beautiful, spotted skin and long necks. And, elephants are grey and wrinkled with their long trunks.
example
Example
  • Winter is my favorite season! I love the cold weather that turns my cheeks red. When I breathe, I can see my white, hot breath in the air. Making a large, white snowman with an orange carrot nose is so much fun! Winter is my favorite time of year.
let s review
Let’s Review
  • A good descriptive paragraph will be no less than 4 complete sentences.
  • Descriptive paragraphs use sensory language, adjectives, and describing words to help paint a picture in the mind of the reader.
  • First brainstorm, then create your topic sentence.
  • Use the 4 square method to create your three supporting sentences.
  • Make sure that you write a concluding sentence that is like your topic sentence, but different.