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WRITING TIPS
Descriptive Paragraph Checklist

 
 

Topic Sentence

The controlling idea of a descriptive paragraph is often an attitude or an impression about the subject.

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What main quality or impression do you want your readers to learn about the topic?

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Does your paragraph have a clear, focused, controlling idea or impression?

Supporting Sentences

Descriptive writing uses sensory details to paint a picture of a place, a person, or an object.

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Does your paragraph use enough lifelike detail?

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Do all the details support the main idea?
The details and description of the main idea in a descriptive paragraph often follow a spatial organization or an order of importance.

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Are the topic sentence and supporting paragraphs logically arranged in your paragraph?
Concluding Sentence
A good conclusion in a descriptive paragraph closes the paragraph by returning to the main idea of the topic sentence.

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Does your concluding sentence restate the words of the main idea or choose words that mean the same thing?
Whole Paragraph

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Is the paragraph clearly organized?

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Is the paragraph clearly organized?

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Do the transitions make the paragraph more logical?

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Is the paragraph clearly organized?

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Do the transitions make the paragraph more logical?

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Is the paragraph clearly organized?

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Do the transitions make the paragraph more logical?

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Do the transitions make the paragraph more logical?