Descriptive Essay: Definition, Examples & Characteristics


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Three ways to organize a descriptive essay include:

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1. A tool that makes your descriptive essay more interesting by comparing two items using 'like' or 'as' is called:

2. _____ can be an effective way to describe a descriptive essay with an object for the subject.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Descriptive essays use illustrative language to paint a picture in a reader's mind. These interactive learning tools will help you understand the purpose and goals of descriptive essays, as well as helpful writing techniques that make descriptive essays effective.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will test you on the following:

  • Goals of descriptive essays
  • Similes and metaphors
  • Organization of descriptive essays
  • General to particular description
  • Concrete descriptive terms

Skills Practiced

These learning assessments will test you on the following skills:

  • Defining key concepts - name the organizational and written techniques that make descriptive essays effective
  • Knowledge application - use what you know about English composition to answer questions about descriptive essays
  • Distinguishing differences - understand the difference between showing and telling in descriptive essays

Additional Learning

To learn more about this type of essay, watch the accompanying lesson on The Descriptive Essay. The lesson covers the following concepts:

  • Understand the purposes and goals of descriptive essays
  • Asses the role of illustrative language and how it helps make descriptive essays compelling
  • Learn about the use of similes and metaphors in descriptive essays
  • Identify the useful organizational techniques that work well for descriptive essays