Descriptive paragraphs When one wants to describe the way something looks like

Descriptive paragraphs when one wants to describe the

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Descriptive paragraphs When one wants to describe the way something looks like in a physical sense a descriptive paragraph is used. A descriptive paragraph would be used for such things as describing the physical appearance of your favorite uncle, the layout of the library at a school, the awesome grandeur of the Pyramids, or the stunning beauty of the Mona Lisa. The organizational flow of sentences in the paragraph should be based on some logical principle and could vary based on the writer²s style or intent. For exam- ple, if describing a person, one may start the description from the head and work down to the feet, or vise versa. Additional supporting sentences may include infor- mation about the person²s eye color, hair color and style, height, weight, physical stature, and distinguishing marks. If describing a room, one could describe from left to right or front to back or from the center outward. Items that may be included in the supporting sentences may include the color of the walls, the size of the room, the furniture or dØcor of the room, the location of the furniture, windows or doors in the room. If describing the beauty of a famous landmark one could start with the landmark itself and expand outward to include the landscape around it, the sky above, and the horizon beyond. Supporting sentences may include information on the size, shape, and color of the landmark, its location, the kinds of vegetation in the vicinity, and the immediate or distant geologic characteristics of the landscape. Read the descriptive paragraph below.
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70 Select one of the topics below and write a descriptive paragraph about it in the space provided. Your bedroom Your college campus A friend A TV An elephant Your own idea __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ Process paragraph An process paragraph is used when explaining something such as how to do something, how something is done, or how something works. Topics suitable for an process format include how to overcome a fear of heights, how to bake a cake, or how a hydroelectric generator works. Keep in mind that the present and future tense are most often used in describing a process, very seldom is the past tense used. In addition, when writing a process paragraph, it is important for the reader to be able to follow the sequence of steps easily. For this reason, the use of transition words is essential. Below is a list of commonly used transition words for process paragraphs. first second third after that then next before Exercise 6.2
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71 Read the two process paragraphs below. Process paragraph 1 (how something works) The design and operation of a household toaster is simplicity itself. Modern toasters work on electricity. Electricity passes through thin wires that are on both sides of the slot where the bread is placed. The wires become red hot when the electricity passes through them, which generates a tremendous amount of heat. This heat burns the bread to make the toast. The degree that the bread burns can be regulated with a dial. On a low setting, the toast be- comes lightly toasted; with a higher setting, the toast becomes darker. The dial
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