Descriptive Paragraphs

When students are asked to describe something, they often love to list random descriptive details in no particular order (e.g. “I will describe myself. I am tall. I like movies. I am a good friend.”) Here is a series of four lessons that will help break your students of that habit and turn their descriptive paragraphs into specific, focused, memorable prose.

Lesson 1: Developing a main impression

Lesson 2: Adding concrete details

Lesson 3: Adding sensory details

Lesson 4: Figurative comparisons