Descriptive Paragraph Assignment: 

 

Assignment:  Write a descriptive paragraph of at least 12 sentences about an object or a specific thing, and write about it in so much detail that I can see a clear image of it in my mind.

 

Use the paragraphing process “Waltz” the sample Estes Park paragraph we discussed in class to achieve the level of detail desired. Additionally, be sure your paragraph has a clear Topic Sentence, Controlling Idea, Concluding Remark, transitions and at least 10 sentences which support the Topic Sentence and Controlling Idea. Each support sentence should be supported with strong use of adjectives and adverbs.

 

The paragraph should be typewritten, double-spaced (meaning skip every other line on the page), be written in 12 pt. Times New Roman font with one-inch margins, and use appropriate punctuation and capitalization. Additionally, please staple all rough drafts to the back. If you need assistance meeting any of these criteria, please let me know. My phone number is 378-0532. My e-mail address is collegewriting2@hotmail.com.  GOOD LUCK!

 

 

Here’s the Checklist:

 

Paragraph Checklist

 

Please answer yes to each question below if you met each requirement. If you did not, then go back and fix your paragraph. Thanks!

 

Is the first sentence of my paragraph indented five spaces?______________

 

Is it the only sentence in this paragraph that is indented?___

 

Is the first sentence of my paragraph a topic sentence that tells what my topic is? ___________

 

Does my first sentence give a controlling idea by expressing my feelings about the topic?_________

 

Does the next sentence introduce my first major feature in support of my controlling idea?____________

 

Did it start with a transition word or have a transitional element in it? __________

 

Did the next few sentences add strong detail to the first point? _______________

 

Does the next sentence introduce my second major feature in support of my controlling idea?___________

 

Did it start with a transition word or have a transitional element in it? __________

 

Did the next few sentences add strong detail to the second point? _______________

 

Does the next sentence introduce my third major feature in support of my controlling idea?___________

 

Did it start with a transition word or have a transitional element in it? __________

 

Did the next few sentences add strong detail to the third point?  _______________

 

Did my paragraph have a concluding sentence which tied up the paragraph and reminded my reader of my controlling idea?___________

Did it start with a transition word or have a transitional element in it? __________

 

Is each sentence in my paragraph a complete sentence? _____________

 

Are there no run-on sentences or comma splices in this paragraph? ___________

 

Are there no BOYSFAN or other sentence joining errors in this paragraph?

 

Are there at least 12 sentences in this paragraph?________________________

 

 

 

Click this sentence for more information about Using Transitions in this the paragraph:

 

Click this sentence for more information about using Adjectives and Adverbs in this paragraph

 

 

Here’s the sample Estes Park Paragraph:

 

The most beautiful place to visit during spring is Estes Park, Colorado.  Everywhere there are so many different kinds of wild flowers that grow in the mountains and meadows.  They include dainty yellow daisies, beautiful violet tulips, and narcissus which put forward the most delicious smells. Looking at the tiny flowers that bob and weave in the wind, nature looks like brides walking clumsily down the aisle. In addition to the flowers, there are a lot of natural, clear springs in the park that flow through the mountains and down through the meadows. Their babbling and rippling against the stony banks make them seem like beautiful rugs with many patterns. Additionally, their calm constant flow reminds me that winter is slipping away. Another reason I love to go Estes Park in the spring is to listen to the beautiful songs of the wild birds.  I especially enjoy the tiny “ree peeps,” “ree peeps” which the red breasted robins make and the “chi-chi-chi” which seems to be the favorite song of baby brown sparrows who flit from branch to branch of the majestic green pines. Also captivating are the wild hens, which are so fat that their yellow bodies almost roll down the brushy hills while they’re picking for grubs. However, the most wonderful thing about the resort is watching the divine sunset and enjoying an evening in the Wakalonga lodge.  In the evenings, the one-story wooden structure, which resembles giant Lincoln Logs, is filled with the sounds of people who “Oooh” and “Aaah” at the elk parading down the mountains. Near the back of the 1,500 square-foot lodge—near the flickering stone fireplace-- always sit a few couples who hold each other tightly as they enjoy the quietness and watch the moon shine down through the skylight above.  While there are so many beautiful places to visit in the spring, Estes Park, Colorado, is the most beautiful to me.  I would like to have the power to make it an Estes Park spring everywhere...always.