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)
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
Sample Body Paragraph:
A LAB RIGHT OUT OF A HORROR MOVIE
IN-CLASS ACTIVITIES

NAME IT & DETAIL IT:

1. CAR

2. FRUIT

3. SNACK

4. SOFA


WEDDING DAY

USE AT LEAST TWO SENSES (SIGHT, SOUND, SMELL, ETC.)
TO PROVIDE DETAILS ABOUT ONE OF THE FOLLOWING
SUBJECTS.  BE CREATIVE!

1. The groom's attire was quite unusual.

2. The bridesmaids seemed embarrassed about the
matching gowns that they were forced to wear.

3. The flower girl seemed quite bored.

4. The father did not hide his anger.

5. The ring-bearer seemed prepared to cause some
trouble.
An effective description body paragraph features:
a.) a clear topic sentence
b.) naming
c.) detailing
d.) appeal to multiple senses
e.) concrete word choices
f.)  appropriate organization
Sample Introductory Paragraph:
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