Review: Descriptive Writing Paragraph Starters on Teachers Pay Teachers

The Descriptive Writing Paragraph Starters packet is a free download available on Teachers Pay Teachers. The packet teaches one method of guiding students through a descriptive writing assignment using a five-sentence paragraph. Detailed descriptive writing is a creative writing skill that evades many students, and this guide offers two different structures to approach any topic.

In addition to the two structured guides for the descriptive writing assignment, the packet contains a few examples that would be very helpful to share with students who are new to the activity. The examples show the intent of the instructions, making them more helpful, especially for young writers who are unfamiliar with this style of creative writing (or who tend to need or prefer a lot of guidance).

An additional benefit to this particular download is that the structure it provides is effective at teaching the skill but “open” enough that teachers could easily come up with their own version of the paragraph prompts, tailoring the assignment to their particular class’s needs, interests, or other units of study. While the packet provides handouts that would do just fine as photocopied assignment sheets, the assignment itself doesn’t rely on these exact sheets.

Descriptive writing is one of many important skills for any successful writer, and it’s one that students will need to do well in school and beyond. And because it’s such an important skill, teachers who find descriptive writing in their curricula may be well served by including this paragraph starter packet in the teaching tools they consider.

You can download your own copy of the Descriptive Writing Paragraph Starters packet here.

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Written by Bryan Cohen

Bryan Cohen is the author of more than 30 books, many of which focus on creative writing and blasting through that pesky writer's block. His books have sold more than 20,000 copies. You can find him on and Facebook.
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