A descriptive paragraph tells us about one thing in particular. It gives a lot of details so that we understand the thing clearer, and we can imagine just what it looks like.

Once the subject has been introduced, the sentences don’t necessarily follow in any particular order. However, they usually follow the rule of quantity followed by description.

How you can explain what a descriptive passage is to your grandchildren
Practise writing descriptive passages together.

Here is an example:

Rocky was a large dog with a thick coat. Rocky was black in color, and because of his solid build many thought he might be a Labrador. He had a wide broad head and thick, wide paws; three of which were white.

Rocky, unlike many Labradors, had boundless energy and was full of life. He could run and jump for hours on end. Also, he would eat almost anything that was put in front of him; bolting it down so quickly his owner wondered if he ever tasted any of it.

Rocky lived in the country, and while he enjoyed going for walks on leash he really loved running through the long grass in winter, and sleeping on the porch in summer.

How you can explain what a descriptive passage is to your grandchildren
The details are important.

The details are important

The paragraph describes Rocky the dog. We learn about his size, colour and particular characteristics. From this paragraph we can begin to build up a picture of Rocky in our minds even though there is no image provided.

Descriptive paragraphs are very useful when we need to convey details about a subject. Encourage your grandchildren to write a short descriptive passage about their favorite toy. They should include its size, color, use and even its smell.

It’s fun to get a two or more people to write a descriptive passage about the same thing. You can then compare what they wrote, and discuss the similarities and differences.

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How you can explain what a descriptive passage is to your grandchildren
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