The green pine trees dotted the horizon

The green pine trees dotted the horizon

Descriptive Paragraph

You are required to submit the FINAL copy of this assignment, but you may first submit an
optional DRAFT. This will allow you to receive qualitative feedback that can inform your
revision. You should always avoid focusing solely on the grader’s DRAFT feedback; use the
feedback as a supplement to the course lessons and your own revision ideas. Always expect to
revise beyond what the DRAFT grader specifically notes.

Choose one photo from the Time Magazine website at this address:

http://lightbox.time.com/?iid=lf|tn

You will choose a photograph from the Time site and write a descriptive paragraph. Use all five
senses (sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch) to create vivid and tangible images in your own
paragraph. Be sure to address each sense in its physical form and avoid metaphors. See below:

Sight: “The green pine trees dotted the horizon.”
Hearing: “The last-minute buzzer echoed through the stadium.”
Smell: “The sweet aroma of jasmine filled my nose as I jogged past the flower garden.”
Taste: “The cookies taste sweet with a hint of salt.”
Touch: “The sand felt cold, wet, and gritty beneath my feet.”

A topic sentence for this assignment should introduce the main point or points in the
paragraph using key terms. In this case, you should touch upon the five senses because they are
the focus of this paragraph. For example, “Attending the basketball game opened up my
senses to vibrant lights, loud sounds, salty aromas, mouth-watering treats, and stinging
sensations from so much clapping.”

Finally, add directional transitions (above the fountain, next to the doorway, to the left of the
trees, etc.) to show the location and relationship of objects in the photo. This will help the
reader paint a picture by placing objects in the scene without seeing the image.
You can write this from a third person perspective (as a viewer from the outside) or from a first
person perspective (as if you were experiencing this scene firsthand).
Please copy-and-paste the photo image at the top of your paragraph (see sample assignment).
When you submit your paragraph for review, include the name of the photograph (if available)
and the exact URL where you accessed your chosen photograph. For this shorter assignment,
you need not include this information in a formal MLA Works Cited list. You may simply put the
photo title and URL at the bottom of the essay.

Header: Include a header in the upper left-hand corner of your writing assignment with the following
information:
?  Your first and last name
?  Course Title (Composition I)
?  Assignment name (Descriptive Paragraph)
?  Current Date

Length: This assignment should be one full paragraph, or at least 10 sentences.

Format:
?  Double-spacing throughout
?  Title, centered after heading
?  Page number  + Last Name (in upper-right corner)
?  Standard 12-point font (Arial, TimesNewRoman, Calibri)
?  1” margins on all sides

Save the file using one of the following extensions: .docx, .doc, .rtf, or .txt

Underline your topic sentence.

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