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A descriptive essay is the type of essay in which you describe a place or scene, a person or thing, a process, or an event.

The purpose of a descriptive essay is to describe for your reader a place or an object you have personally seen so that your reader, who has not visited the place or seen the object, would be enabled by your description, to see in his mind’s eye the definite qualities of the place or the characteristics of the object. In other words, you present to your reader a picture in words.

Sample Descriptive Topics:

1. My School
2. A fire incident in my street
3. A funeral ceremony
4. The Principal’s house

Features of a Descriptive Essay:

1. Title:

Begin your essay with a title. The exam question usually provides the title. Do not make the common mistake of writing your title in capital letters. Capitalize only the first letter of the keywords. Articles and propositions are not capitalized unless they begin the title. Remember to underline the title.

Examples:

i. The Aftermath of Students’ Riot in Abutu.

ii. The Petrol Station in Times of Fuel Scarcity.      

2. Introduction:

In introducing your essay, you may simply name the person, place, or object you are about to describe. Where does the person live or in which community is the place? What is the importance of the description you are about to give?

3. Body:

A good descriptive essay must be filled with details, well-chosen language, and correctly punctuated sentences. Ensure that your paragraphs are well developed and properly linked.

4. Conclusion:

Re-state the features of the place you are describing so that the visitor or tourist would easily locate the place; emphasize the prominent qualities of the missing person you are describing so as to make it easier for the police or other persons to find him; repeat the characteristics of the object you are describing so that customers would be impelled to look for it.

Class Activity:

Write out five (5) essay topics that are descriptive in nature.

References:

1. Oral English Without Tears by I. Udoka.
2. Intensive English for Senior Secondary Schools I by B. O. Oluikpe et al.
3. New Oxford Secondary English Course for Senior Secondary Schools I by Ayo Banjo et al.

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