Start with an engaging beginning that hooks your reader and makes them want to keep reading.  Provide background/context of what you are writing about.  Move from the general topic to the specific.

            For example:  Like many others, summer is my favorite time of the year. Unlike many others, I have been blessed with the perfect vacation house to spend my summers at as I grew up. When my grandpa passed away he left us something to remember him by: his lake house and my favorite place on earth. All school year, I wait for summer to come so I can escape reality and go to my special getaway. There is something about the feeling in the air that allows me to forget all my current problems and just relax.

BODY: 3 PARAGRAPHS- Break what you will describe into three parts.

Body Paragraph #1:  Talk about the first part.  Give plenty of specific descriptive detail, making sure to include as many of the senses as possible: sight, touch, sound, taste, smell.

For example: Usually, waking up early in the morning is a difficult task for me, but when I am at the lake it seems almost impossible to sleep in. From the moment I open my eyes, excitement to start the day seeps into my body. I flop out of bed and stumble into the kitchen being hit with the smell of sizzling bacon. After stuffing my face, I hurry to get my bathing suit from my suitcase which is packed with clothes that I will not even end up wearing. Stepping outside into the blazing heat, I pour a glob of cold, creamy sunscreen into my hand and smear it all over my body. The sky is so blue and clear, the water so green and calm, the air so dry and hot. Beads of sweat drip down my face after only being outside for five minutes. Sprinting to the water, trying not to burn my feet on the blistering sand, I plunge into the cool, murky water. I start the day off slow by lounging in a blow up floating chair, day dreaming and pondering the good times I spent with my grandpa here.

Body Paragraph #2: Talk about the second part.  Give plenty of specific descriptive detail, making sure to include as many of the senses as possible: sight, touch, sound, taste, smell.

For example: Later on, I skim across the glossy water on our brand new jet ski with the wind blowing back my hair. As I make sharp turns, a spray of water splashes me in the face cooling me down from the scorching sun that beats down on me. Failing to dock the jet ski smoothly, I have to jump off and pull it back away from crashing into the dock. Before lunch, I want to work up my appetite by riding my beloved four-wheel motorcycle into the dunes of the desert. I hop on my quad, the black leather seat burning the sides of my thighs, and I fire up the engine racing after my brother who took off ahead of me. I throw my quad into third gear and zoom forward to catch up with Jake, feeling completely in control. We ride until the heat is unbearable and we’re desperate for the water. My mouth is parched and it feels as if every cell in my body is crying out for hydration. Speeding back to pour water down my throat and jumping off the dock into the lake, I realize it is time for the grilled cheese sandwich line. My cousins and I have a tradition for lunch at the lake that is both convenient and delicious. We all stand in a line, get a specific job, and work together to quickly make lunch for everyone. The sandwiches cook perfectly on the grill to a golden crisp melting the cheddar cheese down the sides of the crusts.


Body Paragraph #3: Talk about the third part.  Give plenty of specific descriptive detail, making sure to include as many of the senses as possible: sight, touch, sound, taste, smell.

            For example: Lunch revives me with energy and prepares me for my favorite activity at the lake: wakeboarding. I love gliding across the smooth, glassy surface of the water and jumping over the little ripples that the boat leaves behind it. Cutting in towards the wake, I bend my knees and explode when I hit it, catching about three feet of air. For that one moment, suspended in the air over the water, I am filled with adrenaline. A smile creeps onto my face without me even knowing it. As the sun starts to go down, the sky is glowing with mixed colors of orange, red and pink. The sunset is absolutely gorgeous and the temperature of the air is perfect. When it finally gets dark, hundreds of sparkling stars emerge above us. We lay beneath the twinkling stars waiting for one to fall so we can all make a wish. Last, but definitely not least, we sit around a crackling campfire and roast fluffy marshmallows. I squish my oozing marshmallow between two pieces of cinnamon graham crackers and a piece of rich dark chocolate. Exhausted, I collapse on my bed, close my eyes, and wait until the early morning when I can get up and start another amazing day at the lake.


CONCLUSION: Last paragraph (#5)

End by tying it all together and conclude with your purpose for describing what you wrote about.

            For example: I have been going to this lake every summer since I was born. Before, it was to visit my grandpa at the house where he lived, but when he passed and left it to us it became a vacation house with multiple fun activities. As the years went on, I enjoyed going there more and more, but I also started to take it for granted. Since I have always had the luxury of a perfect summer get away, I did not know what it would be like without it. I never stopped to think of all the kids who would die just to be able to go to the lake and have that experience at least one time. I never stopped to think of all the work my dad puts into taking care of that house and everything my parents do so they can give us such a great time there. More importantly, I never realized what that house really means to me. It is the last thing I have to remember my grandpa by and now I understand my main reason for it being my favorite place in the world. When I am there, I can feel my grandpa Jack with us which is way more meaningful to me than everything else the house offers.

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