Writing a Descriptive Paragraph

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Grade Level
Middle School
Length of Time
45 minutes to 1 hour

For this lesson, students will write a descriptive paragraph on the topic of their choice from the list I provided in this lesson.


Students will learn:
The definition of a descriptive paragraph
How to write a descriptive paragraph
How to edit the paragraph

Materials Needed

Notebook paper
Pens or Pencils and Erasers


First, you will go over the definition of a descriptive paragraph. A descriptive paragraph describes a person, place, or thing. For example, you can describe a person. Here are some questions you would think about when you want to describe a person: What does the person look like? What does the person like to do? What is the person's personality?

You can also describe a setting. For example, you might ask the following questions: Where is the setting? Is it inside or outside? What colors do you see? What odors do you smell? Is there any furniture in the setting? What else do you see?

You can also describe an object. You might ask the following questions: What does the object look like? What color is it? What shape is it?

Students need to use descriptive words to make the person, place, or thing realistic.

You can also give them an example of a descriptive paragraph before they begin their worksheet. Worksheet for Descriptive Paragraph

Directions: Write a descriptive paragraph on one of the following ideas.

1. Your bedroom

2. Your house

3. Your school

4. Your neighborhood

5. Yourself

6. Your mother, father, or another relative

7. Your best friend

8. Your desk where you study at home

9. A park in your city

10. A place where you went on a vacation


You can grade students on sentence structure, paragraph structure, descriptive words, and grammar.

100 to 90 = A

89 to 80 = B

79 to 70 = C

69 to 60 = D

Below 60 = F

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