Descriptive Essay DraftThe body of the
essay draft must be 500 to 600 words in length (approximately two body pages),
and it must have a title page. The essay must be formatted according to APA
style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
Choose one of the following topics:
- Have you ever felt drawn to a work of visual art, such as a
photograph, painting, mural, or sculpture? If so, consider taking the art work
as the subject of your descriptive essay. In your essay, you will need to help
your reader visualize the art work while explaining what features of the art
work compel your attention and/or provoke an emotional response. You will also
need to explain why your response to the art work is meaningful to you and is
likely to be meaningful to others.
- Draft a descriptive essay about a person, place, or object that
has some special meaning in your life. Your essay should provide specific detail
about this person, place, or object that leverages effective writing and
descriptive techniques. While your description may include some narrative
features, you should make sure that readers feel as though they are "with you,"
and can respond emotionally to the person, place, or object you have selected.
Your description should be specific and concrete. Avoid generalizations (as in
“he’s tall” or “she’s funny”) and appeal to the senses (sight, sound, touch,
taste, and smell).
For this essay, you should
practice the strategies discussed in Chapters 3, 4, and 5 of Essentials of College Writing.
Before writing the draft, generate ideas
for the essay by using one of the techniques discussed in Chapter 4, such as
listing, preparing an outline or tree chart, brainstorming, free writing, mind
mapping, or using the” Five W’s and an H” Questions. Some people find a photo
album (or its digital equivalent) can be a great source of inspiration. If you
are stumped, have a look at some of the photos you have taken of people, places,
or objects and ask yourself what was so important that you took the photo. (Your
notes or outline will not be submitted, as you have used the discussion forum to
share your methods as you prepare your draft.)
As you write the
draft, make sure you have a thesis statement that asserts your purpose for
your description, a logical order (description often employs spatial order), and
elements of effective description. If you get stuck, review Chapter 5 for advice
on writing a personal description and review the Anna Quindlen
After writing the draft, proofread for grammatical,
mechanical, and stylistic errors. For information about the 20 Common Writing
Errors in composition courses, go the Ashford Writing Center (Chapter 6, Section
6.1), and then review Fixing Common Grammar Errors for advice on how to address
those errors (Chapter 6, Section 6.6).
500-600Note: Students may not use recycled versions of
essays from PSY202 or any other previous courses. All work in this course must
be original to the course.