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Question 1: You will describe a person, place, event, or thing.

In your answer, you must make a clear reference to the person, place, event, or thing you are describing.  After you have made your statement, support your answer with clear details and examples. In other words, use language to paint a picture for the readers to enjoy.

You should organize your essay with an introduction, body paragraphs, and a conclusion.

The first paragraph, or the introduction, should have no more than three or four sentences.  The first sentence introduces the person, place, event, or thing you will describe (The topic).  We generally call the first sentence the “hook” or the “catch.” The second sentence gives some background information to help reader’s understand the context.  The third sentence tells readers why the person, place, event, or thing is important to the writer (The Thesis Statement).

The body paragraphs should provide clear details to support your answer. Use adjectives and adverbs to make your subject come alive. Prepositions and prepositional phrases will help establish location and relationships. Comparisons will help develop perspective.

In your conclusion, restate your main idea, summarize, and leave a closing remark. Remember, no new information in the conclusion.


In this exercise, time yourself and see how long it takes you to write. Your essay should be three to five paragraphs and about 300 words. That should take you about 30 minutes. If it takes you longer, don’t worry, you can work on speed later.

When you are ready, click on the link below, read the question, and begin to write. On a real test, you will be given 30 minutes to plan, write, and rewrite.

After you have submitted your essay, your teacher will read it and give you some ideas and tips on how you can improve (Please allow 1 to 2 business days).

When you are ready to write your first response, click on the link below.

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