Descriptive writing examples for 3rd grade
Mar 16, 2018
There are many different styles and purposes for writing. One type of writing is called descriptive writing. In this lesson, you'll learn about descriptive writing and how to write a descriptive paragraph or essay.
Let's look at a couple of sentences. Ready? Ok. Here's the first sentence:
- The chicken was good at dancing.
Pretty straightforward. Now the second sentence:
- Despite being an ordinary egg-laying chicken, Renaldo dazzled the cheering crowd as he peered confidently over the rims of his metallic gray sunglasses while popping, locking, and sliding across the dance floor of the barn under the glittering lights of the makeshift disco ball.
Which of these sentences would you want to read again? Did you select the second sentence? If you did, it's most likely because it was more interesting and helped to create a picture in your mind of Renaldo the disco chicken. It sounds like he is an EGG-cellent dancer!
The second sentence is an example of descriptive writing. Descriptive writing is when an author uses carefully selected words to help create a vivid picture in the reader's mind. Oftentimes, these words involve sensory details, which focus on the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and feelings that are associated with a particular topic.
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The goal of descriptive writing is for readers to feel like they are actually experiencing what an author is describing. For example, there were a few descriptions in the sentence that most likely helped you create a mental image of Renaldo's dance fever like:
- 'cheering crowd'
- 'he peered confidently over the rims of his metallic gray sunglasses'
- 'popping, locking, and sliding across the dance floor'
- 'glittering lights of the makeshift disco ball'
Now that we've learned about descriptive writing, let's hatch a plan to figure out the best way to write a descriptive paragraph or essay. Sorry, but all these chicken jokes must be cracking you up, huh?
Writing a Descriptive Paragraph
If you're going to write a descriptive paragraph or essay, there are a few things that you should keep in mind when writing.
The first thing to do is to use your senses. Once you have selected a topic to write about, it's important to start thinking about what sensory details you can include to help your readers feel like they are experiencing what you are writing. To do this, it helps to ask yourself the following questions:
Let's practice. Look at the image of the hamster. What are some sensory details that you would use to describe this picture?
This image includes several sensory details.
Come up with any ideas? I did. For example:
- The thin, blue umbrella created a cool sanctuary for the exhausted hamster after a long day of continuous running on the hamster wheel.
- Like Einstein, the industrious hamster chose to create his island oasis by sticking the flimsy, light blue paper umbrella in the robustly ripe red apple.
After you've thought about what sensory details to include, it's time to write!
Once you've written your descriptive paragraph or essay, it's important to revise it. Oftentimes, people describe topics only by what they see. With descriptive writing, it's important to choose words that can help the reader experience what you are writing.
When you are revising, think about the following questions:
- Have I described the topic in ways other than just what it looks like?
- Can I compare my topic to another person, place, thing, or situation that the reader might know?
- When I read my writing, do I feel like I am experiencing what is written, or is it hard to imagine and relate to what I am reading?
When writing a descriptive paragraph or essay, you use descriptive writing to help create a vivid picture of your topic in the reader's mind through the use of sensory details. Before you write, it is important to think about how to describe the topic using your five senses. After writing, you should revise your work and look to add details that help the reader better visualize and relate to your topic.
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What does this child need to learn next?
Although this story has a beginning, middle and end, it ends rather abruptly. This writer is a reluctant writer who just wanted his story to end. The writer should be encouraged to add more details to the middle of his story and make a longer, more drawn out ending. A popular reading comprehension strategy is to have students write alternate endings to books they have read.
Since he has already made it unrealistic with a shark in his dad's swimming pool, the teacher could challenge him to make several endings, each one more amazing and creative than the last. The class could then get involved by voting on which ending they like most. Here's an example of an assignment in which students are asked to write an alternate ending to Lemony Snicket (262K PDF).
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