A Manual On How To Write A Winning 5-Paragraph Descriptive Essay

High school teachers seem to love assigning five-paragraph descriptive essays to their students. So, there's a good chance that you'll have to write one sooner or later. If your time has come, you should spend some time studying this useful manual about how to write an excellent five-paragraph descriptive essay.

Know what you're up against

Firstly, a five-paragraph essay is fairly self-explanatory: It's a paper that's made up of an introduction, three body paragraphs, and a conclusion. Secondly, a descriptive essay is a paper in which you try to create a vivid picture or experience of something for your reader. You need to be able to create such a vivid picture that your reader feels as if they've seen or experienced what you are describing to them. So, make sure you use evocative, expressive language to paint a mental picture for them.

Choose your topic carefully

Now that you know what type of paper you have to compose, you must select a great topic for it. Your paper should be about a person, an object, a place, an event, or even a memory. So, think about a few potential topics, and then make a list of them. Then, try to eliminate all the topics that you think are boring or that you can't research properly. Once you've shortened your list, you can make your final selection.

Research your topic

Once you have chosen a suitable topic, you need to start researching it. Go to your local library and read a few books about it, or go online and look for information there. Just make sure that you use decent sources.

Plan your paper

Next, you have to plan your paper. This should be quite easy, as it must consist of an introduction, three body paragraphs, and a conclusion.

Write your paper

When you've made a plan for your paper, you can get started on it. While your composing your paper, remember that it's a descriptive essay, so you need to choose just the right words to create the image you want to. If you're struggling to choose the right words, try using a thesaurus. If you don't have one, you can use one of the free ones on the Internet.

Edit your paper

Once you've composed your paper, you need to edit it. Make sure your ideas flow logically though your work, and correct any errors you find.


“   Every writer, no matter how good he is with his first attempt should proofread his paper.  ”

–  Donna Brians


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