Descriptive Essay
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Section 1

This section should include your thesis sentence and will introduce your subject.

Introduction

Starting Sentence Option 1: I find [event/place] to be [relaxing/exciting/exhilarating/special] and [action]. [Place/event] is particularly [special/important] to me, due to [reason]. [Thesis statement]


Starting Sentence Option 2: [Person] is [characteristics] and [characteristics], making [him/her/them] unique. In this [paper/essay], you will learn [thesis statement].


Example Opening Claims

  • Skydiving fascinates me because it is exciting, terrifying, and gives you an almost near-death experience.
  • Robin Williams was my favorite actor because he was real, funny, and went off script.
  • I love my wife because she’s sweet and caring, as well as cute.
  • Dogs make the best pets, thanks to their loyalty, obedience, and intelligence.
  • New York is a great city to visit. It’s big, busy and full of amazing things to see.
  • We highly recommend taking kids to the theme park to see life through their eyes, experience that first roller coaster ride joy and to just bond with them.
Section 2

In your first paragraph, give your readers some background information on the topic.

First Claim Paragraph

Starting Sentence Option 1: My favorite memory of [event or person] is when [situation]. It was the [season] of [year] and [event]. [main point 1].


Starting Sentence Option 2: According to [person], [person, place or event] was [reaction]. For me, it was [main point 1], thanks to [details, scents, sights, and smells, etc.].


Example Claims

  • Uncle Bob made everyone laugh with his hearty guffaw and ability to imitate any wildlife creature.
  • The shrieking of a child certain they are about to die on the roller coaster of death has no equal.
  • The best moments with family are the ones that seem like a crisis in the moment.
  • The Burning Man festival was a once in a lifetime experience, full of mind-opening experiences, fascinating people, and extremes of all types.
  • Learning to drive with my father was an exercise in patience.
Section 3

Your second paragraph should include more details on the event, memory or person you are describing. Use all senses when writing.

Second Claim Paragraph

Starting Sentence Option 1: I recall one time when [describe situation]. It was a memorable [time/trip/experience], for sure! [Provide details]. In the end, [second main point].


Starting Sentence Option 2: After [previous event mentioned], [we/I/other person] discovered that [situation] and [second main point]. [Provide details].


Example Claims

  • Uncle Bob made everyone laugh with his hearty guffaw and ability to imitate any wildlife creature.
  • The shrieking of a child certain they are about to die on the roller coaster of death has no equal.
  • The best moments with family are the ones that seem like a crisis in the moment.
  • The Burning Man festival was a once in a lifetime experience, full of mind-opening experiences, fascinating people, and extremes of all types.
  • Learning to drive with my father was an exercise in patience.
Section 4

Your third claim should also back up the thesis statement and will be the most powerful of all your points.

Third Claim Paragraph

Starting Sentence Option 1: After [event/person] [was over/passed], [person] found that [discovery]. [third main point]. We never saw [person/event/place] the same again. [Provide details].


Starting Sentence Option 2: According to [person], [third main point]. Never was this more [obvious/apparent] than when [situation]. In the end [provide details].


Example Claims

  • Uncle Bob made everyone laugh with his hearty guffaw and ability to imitate any wildlife creature.
  • The shrieking of a child certain they are about to die on the roller coaster of death has no equal.
  • The best moments with family are the ones that seem like a crisis in the moment.
  • The Burning Man festival was a once in a lifetime experience, full of mind-opening experiences, fascinating people, and extremes of all types.
  • Learning to drive with my father was an exercise in patience.
Section 5

The concluding paragraph of the essay should summarize your thesis and restate it in a new way.

Conclusion

Starting Sentence Option 1: As you can see, [restate thesis]. This has meant [many years/a great deal of] [experience] for [everyone/myself].


Starting Sentence Option 2: [Event/person/place] has long been a [description] for me. [restate thesis].


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