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Descriptive Writing 3S3 by Mind Map: Descriptive Writing 3S3
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Descriptive Writing 3S3

my grandmother likes to plant flowers and put them on the vase .sometimes she picked up flower and smell the flower..she likes to listen to the radio

A descriptive essay is telling a story to the reader, unlike an expository essay which makes use of flair in one's language to allow the reader to gain understanding about something, or a formal/informal letter which makes use of formal language to propose or put forth an idea.

Describing something so that others can feel what we feel too

Describe only what is relevant to helping develop your underlying message

Focuses on one main point and describes it fully

Story flow should be clear and logical

A number of similes and metaphors are used

Do not use excessively otherwise it will detract from the effectiveness of the essay.

To help readers feel as if he or she were actually there, experiencing the thing being described.

How is it different from other text types you have learnt?

No speeches

Past tense is used

Make readers see, feel, and hear what write has seen, felt, and heard and relate to what the writer is trying to portray by making use of descriptive terms and describing every single detail available to let the reader feel like he/she is a part of the story








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Decide if the writing has a special message (controlling idea)

Makes reader feel moved as certain emotions are evoked






Requires our 5 senses to make the story/essay more interesting






Description of a place/setting

What in your opinion is Descriptive Writing

Need to use alot of Descriptive Phrases.

There is a need to use bombastic words in order to score more points in essay writing.

Informal tone

Do not need to make sure that we're writing to a superior

Different ways to start a story

Dialogue eg."Ring Ring.."


Have a wide range of vocabulary to describe things

What in your opinion is Descriptive Writing?

A form of writing which allow us to express how we want to portray something with the use of words

Revealing a subject through vivid and carefully selected details.

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Should create vivid and original imagery


Showing instead of telling

Avoid storytelling!

Using precise vocabulary

Avoiding the overuse of adjectives and adverbs

Choose carefully the verbs and nouns

Excessive use can render the description tasteless and ineffective

Original vivid similes and metaphors

Consists of:






Use past tense and avoid present tense

Refers to a clear description of people, places, objects, or events using appropriate details.

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Use of descriptive word and language

makes readers feel as though they are part of the story

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Tries to call for the readers' emotions

Makes full use of the five senses:

To see

To smell

To hear

To taste

To feel

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What does it entail?

Use of very specific vocabulary and language

Use words to evoke emotions in the reader

Makes use of all 5 senses, Hearing, Sight, Taste, Touch


Group 5 What is Descriptive Writing?

What does Descriptive Writing entail?

Making the reader feel as if they themselves are there and experiencing whatever is being described inside, The use of our 5 senses, See, Smell, Taste, Hear, Feel, 5W 1 H, Who?, What?, Where?, When?, Why?, How?, "Showing" the reader instead of "telling", Helping the reader create a mental picture or visualize what is happening instead of being told what is happening., Example: The rabid dog bared his teeth and growled INSTEAD OF The dog was dangerous., Evoking feelings, Being in the place of the reader and wanting to feel that it has been worthwhile reading your work, interested to read on etc., Focusing on details

Through the style of writing...., It can show the reader the controlling idea behind the writer's story, Using original vivid smilies and metaphors, Through the use of symbolism, irony and metaphors, Using vocabulary, Descriptive writing does not only rely on descriptive phrases such as the use of adjectives and adverbs!, Precise nouns and verbs e.g. Substitute "walking" with "strolling", "leaping", "skipping" etc.

How is it different from other text types?

Expository writing, Expository writing is used to explain, describe, give information or inform.

Narrative writing, Narrative writing is used to narrate about an incident that happened.

Persuasive writing, Persuasive writing is used to persuade someone to look at things from your perspective and to understand your emotions, With a goal in mind, to change the person's view on a subject.

Descriptive writing, Descriptive writing is used to describe the various actions and the settings.

Things to make sure when writing a Descriptive Writing.

Try to attract reader's attention/ let your reader feel involved., Try to use concrete and abstract images to attract your readers' attention, You can describe how a particular point in your description can affect the readers, e.g."The tidiness and precision of the uniforms show the order and structure of the Marines and the Navy. It makes the viewer have respect for the characters and also makes the viewer see the importance and order of the Marines and the Navy. "

Don't just only describe. You can explain and/or infer from your description, e.g. "Despite being only thirty-two years of age, my mother's hands are as worn and wrinkly as those of an old lady." So? What does this show?, e.g "The Navy lawyers are seen in white and navy uniforms while the Marines' uniforms are khaki." What does that mean? What does the difference in colour show?

Recommended to have a wide range of vocabulary, Prevent essay from becoming too simple and boring, Makes it sound professional

Be careful not to go out of point e.g. describing your cat but you end up talking about lions

Do not go overboard with adjectives, adverbs, similes, metaphors, etc., It may become a barrier in communicating your ideas to readers

Go into as much detail as possible, even the most minute ones

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Evokes and describes senses






Use of descriptive words



Wide range of vocabulary

Creates vivid and original imagery

Mental pictures

Emotional feelings

Show not tell

Things to take note of

Do not use present tense; use past tense

Avoid storytelling

Describe only what is relevant in telling a message, Adds unity and coherence to writing

Avoid excessive or boring description

Create a clear structure, Gives shape to your writing and makes the reader interested

How it is different from other essay styles

Expository, Based on facts and figures, Uses specific examples, Not many descriptive words that evokes any feelings

Formal, In a serious tone, Addressed to somebody you are not close with, Uses polite words and no descriptive words

Story, Story has speech; descriptive has no speech, Tells many different plots, but descriptive focuses on one main thing

Group 7 - What is descriptive writing?

Focusing on the finer details of an object/thing/situation

Transmitting a mental image of your story

Bringing something to life by carefully choosing and arranging words and phrases to produce the desired effect

Differences with regards to other styles of writing:

Contains little or no dialougue

Expository writing, Inform, instruct, and explain a process, Used in articles, letters, reports and academic papers, Clear and succinct, Logical word progression, Not much room for flowery language

Narrative writing, Telling a story, Found in poems, short stories, essays and plays, Tells about an event/events

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