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1 Descriptive Paragraphs
These kinds of paragraphs describe a person, place or thing as vividly and clearly as possible. The job of the writer is to allow the reader to be able to see, hear, and sense everything that will bring the subject to life. This is NOT telling a story with characters and a plot. It is like describing, in a creative way, a detailed photograph.

2 Descriptive Paragraphs
There are two types of descriptive writing: technical and emotive. The focus for now will be on emotive description. That is, the writer describes the scene so clearly the reader can easily understand the description. This is done through the use of similes, metaphors, personification and other creative ways of writing.

3 Descriptive Paragraphs
In order to write this way the following is needed: imagery adjectives simile metaphor personification

4 Descripitive Paragraphs
Imagery: Writing in such a way as to appeal to (connect with) a person's senses. A reader needs to be able to see, taste, feel, hear or smell all things associated with the subject being described. This is a key part of descriptive paragraph writing.

5 Descriptive Paragraphs
Adjectives: These are words that are used to describe people, places, objects or emotions. In other words adjectives are used to describe nouns. In general, adjectives can be found in three locations in a sentence: a. Before a noun b. After a noun c. After a verb like “to be , seems, appears…”

6 Descriptive Paragraphs
Simile: A comparison using like or as. ex. My pillow is like a rock. My pillow is like a cloud.

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Metaphor: A comparison using a form of the verb “to be”; a comparison between two unlike things. ex. My pillow is a rock. My pillow is a cloud.

8 Descriptive Paragraphs
Personification: Describing something that is not alive as if it is alive; giving living qualities to non-living things. Ex. They used the land until it bled and died. The sun smiled down on those at the beach.

9 Descriptive Paragraphs
Onomatopoeia The use of words to imitate the sounds they describe. Ex. Words such as buzz and crack.

10 Descriptive Paragraphs
Alliteration refers to the repetition of consonant sounds at the beginning of words in close proximity. Example: He was a bouncing baby boy.

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