Sunday, 20 September 2015

Descriptive Writing

Descriptive writing is an effective way to describe a person, place or thing to form a picture in the reader’s mind.  This is detailed and allows students to “tap” into their senses when writing. 

Descriptive writing involves writing about a person, place or thing. Depending on students’ levels, the use of similes, metaphors and personification may be introduced.  Strong adjectives, nouns and verbs are encouraged.   

Descriptive writing is organized by order of importance.  For example, when describing a person, the writer begins with physical characteristics and then progresses to a character’s thoughts, actions and/or feelings.  Students will be encouraged to “show” and not “tell”.  

I have used a lapbook with printable organizers to assist students with the descriptive writing process.  As each characteristic is introduced, it is added to the lapbook. Descriptive writing is always a fun way to create a visual representation in the reader's mind.  


  1. I love these lapbooks! The kids will be so much more likely to utilize them because of the way they are shaped. They are a great organizational tool. How awesome. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Thank you Amber. Your feedback is appreciated.