Assistance with a descriptive essay-TOPIC: A school as a young child might see it.

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Descriptive Essay

TOPIC: A school as a young child might see it.

Write a 500-750 word essay using description as the chief method of development. Follow the guidelines for formatting as described in Notes on Writing a Descriptive Essay.

Writing Assignment

Purpose: to inform
Method of Development: description
For a topic for description, see the list at the end of Chapter 3, Description, in The Longman Reader. Choose one, or notify me through Messages if you have a topic of your own that you would prefer to use. Be sure that you are writing a descriptive essay, not a narrative.


  1. Brainstorm for topics.
  2. Accumulate as many details as you can about your topic, and then sift through them, discarding those that are irrelevant, weak, or unrelated to the impression you would like to convey.
  3. Organize your ideas.
  4. Use vivid language and varied sentence structure.

Writing Approach

As your text points out, “ Description can be a supportive technique that develops part of an essay, or it can be the dominant technique used throughout an essay” (79). In this essay assignment, description will be the dominant technique used to develop a distinct impression of your topic. Remember that description must appeal to the senses: taste, touch sound, sight, smell. While you need not appeal to every sense in your essay, be sure to give the reader enough description so that he/she can be a part of your topic’s development. You may certainly use figurative language in your descriptions – simile, metaphor, personification, etc. In any case, be aware of your audience (your classmates) and your tone. Your choice of words may greatly influence your reader’s impression of your topic. Be careful to present your topic as you would like it to be interpreted.

Essay Requirements


  • double spaced (-5 points)
  • titled creatively (-3 to 5 points)
  • include an outline (-10 points)
  • include a heading on the upper left corner of your paper: your name, my name, course name, date (-5 points)
  • paragraphing should occur appropriately (-25 points)
  • Adhere to word count (up to -20 points)
  • Do not use an essay you have written before; all work must be original to THIS class. (-100 points)
    • Handing in a first draft essay is never ever a good idea. It shows a lack of concern for your work.
    • Edit and use the Writing Lab for your essays. See Announcement! Be thorough in your presentation of the essay.
    • Do not use a Works Cited or outside source documentation for any essay except the Argumentation Essay.
    • Only one late assignment will be accepted.

Please avoid the following over-used essay topics for any of our essays:

  • Abortion & Birth Control
  • Gun Control
  • Gay Marriage
  • Capital Punishment
  • Basic Training Military
  • Childbirth
  • Love and other emotions


  • All essays are required to be formatted correctly:
    • double-spaced
    • MLA headings (top-left corner, containing your name, my name, the course name, and date)
    • creatively titled
    • paragraphed
  • Do not use sources in any of the essays except the Argumentative Essay. When you use sources, you MUST use in-text citations and a Works Cited page to avoid plagiarism. Both are required. Be aware of this!!!
  • If you are not scoring well, it is your responsibility to either use the Writing Lab and/or study the handbook and text book to learn how to write correct sentence structures, use punctuation correctly, and master effective grammar.
  • Each essay has a minimum word count requirement that is posted in the Lesson folder.
  • all essays must be accompanied by an outline. Submit the outline before or after your essay WITHIN THE SAME DOCUMENT. Do not submit the outline separate from the essay.

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