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Video:How to Write a Descriptive Paragraph

with Heather Kamins

Got writers block or just not sure how to express yourself? Use descriptive writing! Learn how to write a descriptive paragraph in this composition video from About.com.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Write a Descriptive Paragraph

Hi. This is Heather Kamins for About.com, and I'm here to talk to you about how to write a descriptive paragraph.

Elements of a Descriptive Paragraph

Descriptive writing helps your reader feel connected to your story. And the way to make that connection is through sensory details. Sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell - the five senses.

So to write your descriptive paragraph, start with the topic sentence, the first sentence of your paragraph, and that'll introduce your subject. After that, you'll have a series of descriptive sentences, which will use those sensory details to describe the subject. Each of those sentences should flow logically through the paragraph.The last sentence of your paragraph should be your conclusion. That'll tie everything together and provide some emphasis for the subject.

 

Examples of a Descriptive Paragraph

So here's an example of a descriptive paragraph:"When I was a child, my grandfather built me the most wonderful treehouse. It had wide pine floorboards, and the walls were stained a rich walnut brown. One window faced the house, where I could often see my mother cooking dinner in the kitchen, and the other window faced the woods behind our yard. When I lay on the floor of the treehouse, I could hear the wind rustling through the trees around me, and I could smell the breeze, which changed with each passing season. Even though my grandfather is no longer around, I still think of him when I visit my parents’ house and climb up to sit in my old treehouse."

Once you've finished writing your paragraph, read it over and revise it as needed. You may want to let it sit a little while, a day or two, and then come back to it. You can also have a friend, a teacher, or tutor or somebody else take a look at it, and let you know what they think. That way, you can make sure that everything flows and makes sense.

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