Descriptive Paragraphs

A descriptive paragraph, describes how something or someone looks or feels. It gives an impression of something. If, for example, you only wanted to write specific information about a certain river, you could write a paragraph filled with facts about a river. However, if you wanted to tell about the feelings you had when you sailed on a boat on the same river, you would write a descriptive paragraph.


A descriptive paragraph:

  • describes

  • gives impressions, not definitions

  • “shows” the reader

  • creates a sensory * image in the reader’s mind

*related to the five senses: hearing, taste, touch, sight, and smell

Source: Great Writing 4th Ed. Unit 8 page 156 (Cengage Learning)

PRACTICE: Great Writing 2: Great Paragraphs, 3rd Edition Unit 8

WRITING: What does your room say about you?

1) Open the link below, read the NPR article, and study the  different bedrooms from around the world

2) Brainstorm some sensory adjectives that describe your bedroom.

3) Write a topic sentence with a controlling idea.

4) Write supporting sentences that relate to the topic

5) Make sure the adjectives mean precisely what you want them to mean – check both positive and negative meanings.

6) Use prepositional phrases of location in your paragraph.

7) Make sure your concluding sentence related to the topic

8) Type your paragraph in this blog post.

CCCC Ranked Among N.C.’s Best Community Colleges

From Central Carolina Community College

SANFORD — Central Carolina Community College has been ranked fourth among the 2017 Best Community Colleges in North Carolina in the latest Niche rankings. There are 58 public community colleges in the North Carolina Community College System.

“Niche is a website that helps you discover the schools and neighborhoods that are right for you. We rigorously analyze dozens of public data sets and millions of reviews to produce comprehensive rankings, report cards, and profiles for every K-12 school, college, and neighborhood in the U.S.,” according to the Niche website.

Factors considered in the ranking include value grade, professors grade, student experience grade, student surveys on overall experience, diversity grade, local area grade, and safety grade.

“This is the first year that we’ve ranked both community colleges and trade schools here at Niche, so we’re very excited about the opportunity to help our users find the right schools for them in a totally new way,” said Jessica Hair, Niche Marketing Outreach Coordinator. “Central Carolina Community College ranks No. 4 for both the best community college and trade school in North Carolina, which is a testament to the quality education that your students receive at CCCC.”

CCCC President Dr. T. Eston Marchant said he is appreciative that Niche has compiled these rankings. “We are grateful to Niche that it has recognized Central Carolina Community College in this manner,” said Dr. Marchant.

“Central Carolina is a world class, nationally-recognized leader in community college education. Our faculty and staff truly care about the success of our students, and our strong focus on improving student learning helps strengthen our local workforce. This is truly a special place,” said Dr. Brian S. Merritt, CCCC Vice President of Student Learning and Chief Academic Officer.

Central Carolina Community College offers a wide variety of programs at its three campus locations and multiple instructional locations throughout Chatham, Harnett, and Lee counties.

Within these programs, students can earn associate degrees or college transfer credits, diplomas, or certificates. Some programs are offered entirely, or in part, via online distance education.

CCCC’s Economic & Community Development Division offers courses in such areas as Short-term Job Training, College & Career Readiness, Personal Interests, Business & Industry, and Emergency Services Training.

For more information on Central Carolina Community College, visit the website

For a list of the Niche rankings, visit the website

Fieldtrip to Old Salem 

The morning ESL program in Chatham county went on a fieldtrip to Old Salem to learn about colonial times in America between the 18th & 19th C. Students explored the village, interacted with costumed Moravian interpreters, and completed a history research project (please see comments in this post).


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Formal Writing: CAE Essay

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This is a lesson plan designed to help students tackle the CAE writing part 1 formal essay task. It walks students through structuring their essays correctly. Download the handout and Powerpoint below:



Student Handout


In this day and age a worrying percentage of children are showing signs of obesity. The past few years have seen a steep decline in the number of school-aged children taking part in team sports or getting regular exercise. What is the most effective way to tackle this problem and encourage children to be more active?

In this essay I am going to talk about the problem of children not getting enough exercise. I will start by talking about parental influence and then I will discuss the role schools can play.

Hardly a week goes by without another article on the topic of childhood…

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