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FOUR BASICS OF GOOD DESCRIPTION

1.  It creates a main impression – an overall effect, feeling, or image – about the topic.

2.  It uses specific examples to support the main impression.

3.  It supports those examples with details that appeal to the five senses: sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch.

4.  It brings a person, place, or physical object to life for the reader.

ROADMAP TO A DESCRIPTIVE ESSAY

1.  Topic sentence (topic + specific impression)

2.  First example support main impression (specific details to support first example)

3.  Second example to support main impression (specific details to support second example)

4.  Third example to support main impression (specific details to support third example)

5.  Conclusion (remind reader of main impression)

KYS 2009

Karen Silvestri ** English Department ** Fayetteville Technical Community College ** Fayetteville, NC ** kazsilvestri@yahoo.com