A descriptive paragraph how something or someone looks and feels. A descriptive paragraph: (1) ____________, (2) gives _____________, not _____________, (3) "____________" the reader and (4) creates a ____________ image in the reader's mind.
Exercise 1: Describing with the Five Senses
Sense Example 1 Example 2
Sight a sunset ________________________
Taste wedding cake ________________________
Touch silk ________________________
Hearing a baby's cry ________________________
Smell perfume ________________________
Exercise 2: Adding Adjectives
1. The ___________ couple watched a ___________ sunset.
2. My ___________ feet ached from walking on the ___________ sidewalk.
3. The ___________ teacher walked into the ___________ classroom.
4. That ___________ dog scared my ___________ sister.
5. The ___________ car raced down the __________ road.
Every time I have a cup of strong Russian tea, I remember my sweet grandma and her magical samovar. When I was a little girl, my grandmother would make tea for me in this giant, gleaming tea urn. I was fascinated by the samovar and its tasty contents. Its copper sides were decorated with beautiful red and black swirls. Grandma told me that the intricate decorations were painted by skilled craftsmen from her village. I can still remember the smell of the dark tea that my grandma made using the urn. Its leaves always filled her tiny apartment with an exotic aroma, and the rich brew tasted like liquid velvet.
Example 2: What did you see, smell and hear?
The subway is an assault on your senses. You walk down the steep, smelly staircase onto the subway platform. On the far right wall, a broken clock shows that the time is four-thirty. You wonder how long it has been broken. A mother and her crying child are standing to your left. She is trying to clean dried chocolate syrup off the young child's face. Further to the left, two old men are arguing about the most recent tax increase. You hear a little noise and see some paper trash roll by like a soccer ball. The most interesting thing you see while you are waiting for your subway train is a poster. It reads "Come to Jamaica." Deep blue skies, a lone palm tree, and sapphire waters call you to this exotic faraway place.
Danger from the Sky
The long, slender tornado began to descend from the swirling clouds. When the deadly funnel finally touched the ground, pieces of debris were hurled through the air. The tornado ripped the roof from an old house and threw the contents of the home across the neighborhood. All the while, the tornado's ferocious winds roared like a wild beast. It was hard to believe that something that looked so delicate could cause so much destruction.
My father constantly teased my mother about the amount of time she spent in her beautiful rose garden. He told her that she treated the garden as if it were a human being. However, Mom ignored his teasing and got up very early every morning to take care of her special plants. She ripped out any weeds that threatened her delicate beauties. She also trimmed the old flowers to made room for their bright replacements. When she was finished, she always returned from the garden with a wonderful smile and an armful of fragrant flowers for us all to enjoy.
1. What does the paragraph describe? _______________________________________________________________________________________
2. The writer's mother treated the roses as if they were human beings. Underline the two example sentences from the paragraph.
Example 5: Compare the following two paragraphs
A. The Blue River is an important part of the forest, and the quality of the river shapes the environment around it. The fresh, clear water is home to a wide variety of fish and plants. Colorful trout compete with perch for the abundant supply of insects near this beautiful river. The tall shade trees that line the banks are green and healthy. Wild deer come to drink the sweet water and rest in the shadows cast on the grassy banks of the river.
B. The Blue River is an important part of the forest, and the quality of the river shapes the environment around it. The sluggish brown water contains few fish or plants. Scrawny trout struggle with perch to catch the limited number of insects that live near this dirty river. The old trees near the river are gray and dying. They do not provide protection for the wild animals that come to drink from the polluted river.
1. Underline 14 adjectives in paragraph A and 12 adjectives in paragraph B.
2. What makes the two paragraphs so different?
Describe an architectural structure. What does it look like? What feelings does it inspire in you?