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7 - Description Paragraph

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Build your paragraph with the 5 writing stages studied
Organize your "sensory" details in a paragraph
It's
how
you write, not
how much
you write or
what
you write about
Get started working on your first paragraph
Final thoughts about paragraph writing
How does a good descriptive paragraph look?
An Unusual October Morning
$1.25
Thursday, February 9, 2017
Vol XCIII, No. 311
Write a Description Paragraph in 5 Easy Steps!
This check is like ...
Always ... check your five "bases"
Use words that bring description to life!
The Description Paragraph
Definition
: using
detailed
words and examples that appeal to a reader's
senses
(sight, hearing, taste, smell, and touch [
tactile
and
emotional
]) which create a "picture" in the reader's mind
Select a topic from CP #10 or click: )
How to
develop
your description paragraph:
Use the
5

writing stages
we've studied:
1. Prewrite
2. Outline
3. Draft
4. Revise
5. Proofread
Objective 2 - Writing

phases
/
stages
1.
P
5 minutes
http://www.online-stopwatch.com/
2.
O
Cross out from prewrite & plug in info into graphic organizer
How to
write
your description paragraph:
We'll
develop
,
write
,
revise
this paragraph.
3.
D
a. Intro (
hook
, topic sent. [main pt.])
b. Body (development plan: 3 reasons + example for each)
c. Conclusion sent.,
sign-off
(sum up reasons + prove point)
~ Put it away for a day ~
How to
edit
your description paragraph:
4.
R
personal + peer review
5.
P
Descriptive body paragraph
details
can be
organized
by:
time
,
space
,
importance
, or
senses
.
Sensory order
-
Spatial order
-
Order of importance
1. U
2. S
3. C
4. S
nity
upport
oherence
entence skills
• Good introductory sentence
• Clear topic sentence
• Clear 3 points
• Each point begins with good transitional word + comma
• Conclusion sentence begins with good transitional word and a comma
• Sentences sound fine, flow, & make sense
• Correct grammar, punctuation, usage
Either
write
something worth reading or
do
something worth writing about.
- Benjamin Franklin
Work with your learning partner remotely
A
L
E
R
T
L E R T
Description Paragraph Due:
2/23!
What makes a good paragraph?
Remember... the
main
and

sub-parts
to a paragraph:
Introduction:
1.

hook: opening that pops!
2. clear topic sentence
Body:
1.
transitions

+
2. 3 reasons
3. good

examples
Conclusion:
1.
transition
+
2. restate,
prove
point
3. great sign-off
listen or use PDF Reader
Chronological order
-
time order

where details are located: front to back, left to right, top to bottom, outside to inside
Save best for last
one sense at a time
5. F
ormat
• Follow
Paragraph Template
? (Canvas "Course Files")
• Follow
Paragraph Checklist
? (CP #6)
• Follow
Paragraph Format
? (CP #4)
Students risk academic doom if they use a writing service or copy work from any resource or the Internet without proper citation. Courses have controls in place (failure) to discourage
plagiarism
. Submit only your own work!
Objectives
2. How to
develop, write, and revise
a paragraph with an emphasis on
description.
rewrite
-
utline
- (Print CP #7... )
raft
-
use organizer to write
evise
-
roofread
-
• Each point has appropriate example(s)
,
(emphatic) -

Description
is what makes the reader a sensory participant in the story. Good description is a learned
skill
, one of the prime reasons you cannot succeed unless you read a lot and write a lot. It's not just a question of how-to, you see; it's a question of how much to. Reading will help you answer how much, and only reams of writing will help you with the how.
You can learn only by doing.”
― Stephen King,
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

There are several ways to

a paragraph; see "Write" tab
http://stephenking.com/the_author.html
,
Practice Paragraph Due:
TODAY!
Objective 1 - Four basics of description:
You will learn:
1. The
four basics
of description.
Upload practice paragraph on today's Canvas assignment line
1. Words used create a main impression or
picture
.
2. To create the impression, specific
examples
are used.
3. Supports the examples with vivid
sensory
details.
4. Brings descriptions of people, places or things to
life
.
See how these objectives look in 2 sample paragraphs.
[7-1]
[7-2]
https://ocean.instructure.com/courses/8009/files?preview=2230618
Sample paragraph #1: Download & print the document in Canvas:
https://ocean.instructure.com/courses/8009/files?preview=2230620
Sample paragraph #2: Download & print the document in Canvas:
Mouse-over the file link for your course... wait 1 second... CLICK! Sign into your Canvas account
Please two-side print both pages, hole-punch, and put in
WRITE
binder tab.
Read "Some Ways to Begin Your Writing" distributed to you the first day of class in your
Write
binder tab.
Good writers are usually in a good frame of mind when they write.
Before you write...
RELAX!
Read each sample. Your paragraph should resemble the format of the samples.
https://ocean.instructure.com/courses/8009/files?preview=2230678
https://ocean.instructure.com/courses/8009/files?preview=2230711
Print practice paragraph to hand in Monday
Monday, 2/13:
show me prewrite & outline of description paragraph on paper; can't get into Monday's lab without them!
Description Paragraph:
ASSIGNMENT!
Section 3 link:
Section 3 link:
Section 4 link:
Section 4 link:
https://ocean.instructure.com/courses/8010/files?preview=2231903
https://ocean.instructure.com/courses/8010/files?preview=2231904
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