In this descriptive assignment, assume the role of a scientist. Select an ordinary object — something you might find around the house or in your neighborhood — and examine it as carefully as you can.
Writing descriptively requires making choices. A creative, observant writer can find dozens, hundreds, maybe even thousands of details to describe in any scene, person, or object. But good description doesn’t simply mean giving as much detail as possible. It means selecting the most important details to include and presenting them vividly and memorably.
A popular descriptive writing assignment for middle-schoolers…
In one unusual scene in Toni Morrison’s novel, Song of Solomon, two young men come across something unexpected on a car roof in the middle of large city — a peacock. There’s no explanation for its presence. The scene is not important to the plot, though it has symbolic significance. Whatever of the author’s intentions, the image stands out in the reader’s mind because it is a surprising contrast. Your job in this assignment is to describe an “out-of-place” object