Qualities of Effective Description:

a) may inform or persuade readers as supporting
evidence in a body paragraph

b) may engage readers in an essay's introduction   

c.) purposeful - usually features a dominant impression

d.) usually appeals to multiple senses (sight, sound,
smell, touch, taste)

e.) features specific words

f.) names and details the evidence

g.) often provides specific details about the named
evidence

h.) consistently remains focused / avoids tangents
Rhetorical Strategy:
Description
DESCRIPTION IN A BODY PARAGRAPH:
SPECIFIC TOPIC SENTENCE: DOMINANT IMPRESSION

SUPPORTING EVIDENCE:
DESCRIPTIVE DETAILS, SUPPORTING THE DOMINANT
IMPRESSION

CONCLUDING SENTENCE:
PROVIDES CLOSURE AND/OR A TRANSITION TO THE
NEXT PARAGRAPH

Description Paragraphs -
** Make a point
** Give specific descriptive details to show,
explain, or prove a point
** Use enough descriptive details to get the
writer’s point across.

Descriptive Essays -
** Propose a thesis statement.
** Provide descriptive details through multiple
body paragraphs.
** Use enough descriptive details to show,
explain, and/or prove the thesis statement
appropriately.

Essays, Incorporating Description -
** Propose a thesis statement.
** Provide
descriptive details to show, explain,
and/or help prove the overall thesis statement.
** Use a combination of description and other
rhetorical strategies (i.e. exemplification, narration,
comparison and contrast) to show, explain, and/or
prove the thesis statement.