Descriptive Words

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Grade Level
High School
Reading & Writing
Length of Time
45 minutes

This lesson is on descriptive words. Students will rewrite the sentences given in the worksheet and use descriptive words, so readers can visualize what the character is doing.


To learn how to use descriptive words
To write more descriptive sentences
To show instead of telling

Materials Needed

The worksheet that is included in this lesson
Pencils and erasers


First, you need to copy the worksheet, so that each student will have a copy. After that, you need to explain how to use more descriptive words, so that readers will develop a feeling of what you want to reveal to them. For example, you can write this sentence on the board: I like going shopping.

This is a simple sentence without any descriptive words. Students can rewrite this sentence to show instead of telling: I dashed out of the house and climbed into my car, so I could drive to my favorite book store and could browse through the mystery books to see if anything looked intriguing.

This sentence has more descriptive words, and readers can visualize the actions of the character and what the character wanted to purchase.

Worksheet on Descriptive Words

Directions: Rewrite each sentence and use more descriptive words. You can also add other sentences to expand the meaning.

1. Tim went to the store.

2. The computer broke down.

3. It took Jenny all day to do the laundry.

4. Jim likes to drive his new car.

5. We went to Hawaii and had fun.

6. I like to write books. It is exciting.

7. The puppy ran around the living room.

8. Cindy and Jane went to a party.

9. It took Cindy all day to do the dishes.

10. I got a job. It is exciting.

11. It took two days to clean the house.

12. There she was - a new student entered the classroom.

13. I hope I can date this guy.

14. I got an e-mail from a guy.

15. I walked up to my apartment. The door was ajar.

16. Oh no! My car crashed.

17. "Wow! Look at that guy!"

18. "Where am I?"

19. "Where is he? I can't find him."

20. I came up with a mystery idea for a book.


You can grade the students on each sentence, and if they used correct words, punctuation, grammar, sentence structure, and spelling.

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