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Four Rules of Description

February 5 and 6, 2003

Good descriptive writing follows four rules. We'll look at the four rules tonight, and then write a description from an interesting and unusual point of view.

1. Observe the world around you carefully.

This is the most important rule of all.

2. Form a central impression.

What do you see, in general, when you observe? You may note that a person's room is very messy. This is your central impression.

3. Now, select specific, concrete details to support your impression.

In the messy room are three pairs of dirty socks strewn across the floor. On the desk, a brown banana skin is beginning to grow a dull green mold.

4. Finally, organize your details.

For a messy room, you might start with eye level, then move to what you see on the floor.


Think of a place you either dislike or like very much. Imagine it. What do you observe? Form a central impression (for example, messy) and then choose three details. Organize your details.

Write a 125 word paragraph on the place.

Teacher Writing Sample for this topic.

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