ENGL 131 DESCRIPTIVE ESSAY—PROJECT 1
Subject: A place that is/was important or special to you.
1. Choose a brainstorming strategy to come up with a topic. Select a topic to
2. Make a list of the five senses, and next to each sense, write what your special
place looks like, smells like, feels like, tastes like, and sounds like.
3. Read page 181—consider the questions under each bullet.
II. FIRST DRAFT
4. Read “Think like a Writer: Drafting” page 182.
5. Decide how to start the essay. The introductory paragraph needs to establish
the purpose of the description. How will you introduce your essay? Look at
the examples in “A Day at the Fair,” “My First Flight,” “The Sounds of the
City,” and additional student samples.
6. In the body paragraphs, describe your place using the suggestions given in the
textbook. Include details that appeal to all of the senses, and use at least one
simile, one metaphor, and one personification (remember to underline each
7. Write a concluding paragraph that makes clear to the reader your reason for
selecting this place as special. Why is it important to have or remember
III. REVISING DRAFTS
8. Read page 182—the “Revising” section. Revise to improve word choices and
sensory detail. Make sure all the relevant senses have been covered and that
you have used figurative language.
9. Prepare a next-to-final draft for an in-class revision workshop.
10. Edit and proofread carefully; don’t forget the computer spell check.
Be sure to staple the rubric, all prewriting, all drafts, the revision checklist, and the final
draft. The final draft will be on the bottom.
Length = at least 2 full pages, typed, double spaced (using a 12 point Times New Roman
Format: Set up the essay using the exact format on page 547.