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: NAME (MAJOR DETAILS) AND DETAIL  
(MINOR DETAILS)

CONCLUDING SENTENCE:
PROVIDES CLOSURE AND/OR A TRANSITION TO THE
NEXT PARAGRAPH
IN-CLASS ACTIVITY (EXPLAINED IN CLASS)

NAME IT & DETAIL IT:

1. CAR

2. FRUIT

3. SNACK

4. SOFA


IN-CLASS ACTIVITY 2: 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.

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.