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The Descriptive Paragraph
By Elaine Ernst Schneider
Pre Class Assignment: Completion/review of From a Sea Captain's View Part 2
We have been studying the three basic types of paragraphs in writing: narrative, descriptive, and expository. Here is a review of each:
NARRATIVE: The narrative paragraph tells a story, just like a narrator in a play.
DESCRIPTIVE: The descriptive paragraph paints a picture. It describes a person, place, thing, or idea.
EXPOSITORY: The expository paragraph "exposes" things about a subject. It is also sometimes called an information paragraph because it gives information about a person, place, thing, or idea.
The last two lessons, you've been asked to write an expository paragraph and a narrative paragraph from the vantage point of the sea captain.
Now, using the same information, write a descriptive paragraph that tells what Amsterdam was like from the viewpoint of the sea captain.
Sometimes a descriptive paragraph is also called a spatial paragraph. That is because its purpose is to paint a picture for the reader. Try to cover every detail from the ground or water of the sea to the sky. Fill in everything much like an artist uses a brush to paint in the surroundings.
Appeal to the senses. When the reader has read
your paragraph, he or she should be able to see the sky, smell the sea
air, and taste the salt water hanging on the breeze. Make the reader long
to feel the wind in his or her hair. Describe the sounds of the harbor
so keenly that they come alive as your paragraph unfolds.
Amsterdam - From a Sea Captain's View
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