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What Is a Descriptive Essay?

The descriptive essay asks the writer to describe something—an object, person, place, experience, emotion, or situation. This essay attempts to convey how that subject looked, felt, tasted, sounded, smelled, and so on, and express the emotion or sensation so clearly and vividly that the reader can feel it, too.

Descriptive essays are probably the easiest one to write since they tend to be more personal and involve less research. They are an opportunity to do some creative writing, even if the essay topic you choose looks pretty boring at first glance. When it comes to choosing a topic, do not be afraid of those that sound generic, because you can use creativity to bring it to life. Just be aware that you will have to work really hard at creating something that readers will enjoy reading.

In my experience, descriptive essays are only difficult when it comes to deciding just what to write about. If you are a writer in search of an essay topic worth exploring, here are some topics that may help get you there, or at least inspire you to create one of your own.

100 Topics For a Descriptive Essay

  1. A dream
  2. A nightmare
  3. A childhood memory
  4. A favorite place
  5. A train ride
  6. A pet
  7. A garden
  8. Your best friend
  9. Your favorite vacation
  10. Your ideal date
  11. Your favorite fishing spot
  12. A photograph
  13. A painting
  14. A room
  15. Your favorite book/movie/television character or show
  16. The best restaurant in town
  17. The most embarrassing moment of your life
  18. Your worst enemy
  19. An addiction
  20. Your hero
  21. A teacher
  22. A vase of flowers
  23. A day at work
  24. People on the street
  25. A stranger in the crowd
  26. Falling in love
  27. A life-changing experience
  28. A new car
  29. Your first house
  30. Moving to a new city

Descriptive Essay Topics

31. A forest

32. A beach

33. Your favorite food

34. Playing a sports game

35. A road trip

36. Learning to drive

37. A snowy day

38. The birth of a child

39. A life-changing event

40. The future

41. Traveling

42. Your favorite song

43. Your earliest memory

44. Living in another country

45. A major achievement

46. A spider

47. A beautiful house

48. Walking down a quiet street

49. Revisiting places from childhood

50. What you want to be when you grow up

51. A hobby

52. A funny memory

53. A paranormal experience

54. Starting a new career

55. A Halloween costume

56. A day at school

57. Sitting in traffic

58. Meeting a famous person

59. A concert

60. A dance

61. The best place to write

62. Your favorite hangout spot

63. Your favorite item of clothing

64. Graduation

65. Learning a new language

66. Your first concert

67. Your first kiss

68. Your first date

69. Performing in front of a crowd

70. Making a speech

71. Acting in a play

72. An antique store

73. A souvenir

74. Your lucky charm

75. Running a marathon

76. Winning an award

77. Visiting an old friend

78. Getting lost

79. A bad day

80. A day in the sun

81. Flying in an airplane

82. An amazing view

83. A camping trip

84. A trip to the museum

85. A phobia

86. A bouquet

87. Daydreaming

88. A day at the ocean

89. A picnic

90. A race

91. A competition

92. Meeting someone new

93. A daily routine

94. A haunted house

95. A walk through the park

96. Waiting in line

97. Wearing a disguise/costume

98. Watching a parade

99. A class reunion

100. Your favorite book store

As you can see, there is an endless array of topics to choose from for a descriptive essay. Remember that this type of essay is all about the details. Whether your topic is a bug or a skyscraper, your essay is sure to be as success, as long as you can make it come alive on paper and amuse and surprise your audience, no matter what topic you choose.

Tips for Writing a Descriptive Essay

  • Tips for Writing a Descriptive Essay
    Although they tend to be all about your own experiences, writing a descriptive essay can be challenging. Have no fear, here are some tips to set you on the right track to a good descriptive essay.

Descriptive Essay Example

Questions & Answers

    © 2013 Lisa

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      Frank 

      2 weeks ago

      Very helpful those who can’t think of any topic or don’t know how to write

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      Lol 

      3 weeks ago

      This helped

    • profile image

      WriterPerson 

      5 weeks ago

      Nice topics and are very helpful too

    • profile image

      Vinisha jain 

      5 weeks ago

      All the topics are amazung

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      brooke yates 

      7 weeks ago

      thank you soooooo much

    • profile image

      jesus 

      7 weeks ago

      great topics very helpful

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      BENEDICT IORSHAGHER 

      2 months ago

      thanks very nice.well done

    • profile image

      Ria 

      2 months ago

      Where are important essays like natural disasters

    • profile image

      Shreya 

      2 months ago

      Good

    • profile image

      Kidos 

      3 months ago

      Thanks Lisa.the topics are interesting and helpful

    • profile image

      Ronny 

      3 months ago

      Hi. All the topics were creative and it made my tuition class go well.

      Thanks.

    • profile image

      Himanshu 

      3 months ago

      Really#helpful

    • profile image

      ojambo ashiraf 

      3 months ago

      how do you describe alecturer

    • profile image

      Javohir 

      4 months ago

      Thanks this topics are very special for me till today

    • profile image

      Hazel 

      4 months ago

      Hi. do you have an essay example of unusual acquaintance?

    • profile image

      Kenisha 

      4 months ago

      It is really helpful for my exam. Thanks

    • profile image

      AARNA SINGH 

      4 months ago

      THANKS THE TOPICS MADE MY PRACTICE GO VERY WELL.

    • profile image

      Angel 

      4 months ago

      Hello Lisa. Do you have an essay example of #44 living in another country?

    • profile image

      MARIAM 

      6 months ago

      THANKS THIS HELPED IN THE EXAM

    • profile image

      o.o 

      6 months ago

      I might use one of these

    • profile image

      hi 

      7 months ago

      Awesome

    • profile image

      aryan 

      8 months ago

      good

    • profile image

      Tones 

      8 months ago

      the best of the best ideas

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      hammad 

      8 months ago

      i m on the 80th one

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      Mr Dude 

      8 months ago

      This was very useful! I’m using #15 cuz im a nerd. 🙂

    • profile image

      Susan 

      8 months ago

      These are excellent words I can not thank whoever wrote these enough for the help.

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      Onyinye 

      8 months ago

      How about the topic a teacher I do not admire? Is it inappropriate?

    • profile image

      Dinosaur 

      8 months ago

      Good

    • profile image

      Lynch rose 

      9 months ago

      Awesome and standardized

    • profile image

      bobo 

      9 months ago

      cool

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      ryan 

      10 months ago

      amazing ideas

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      Sophia 

      10 months ago

      Thank you, I am using #69, performing in front of a crowd.

      Thank you for your ideas

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      11 months ago

      I like it, thank you for your ideas ^-^

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      Chenuly 

      12 months ago

      Excellent topics!

      I’m definitely gonna use one of them.. 🙂

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      lisa 

      12 months ago

      perfect topics

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      #namashree# 

      13 months ago

      Good one

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      Udbhav 

      14 months ago

      Perfect recipe for essay

    • profile image

      Vicki 

      14 months ago

      Cool topics

    • profile image

      Tanvi 

      14 months ago

      I like it very much

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      Subham 

      15 months ago

      Nice topics

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      No 

      16 months ago

      Best topics inworld

    • profile image

      aria 

      18 months ago

      alot of very good topics

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      london spillers 

      18 months ago

      Thanks for these examples this person who wrote these qoutes expire me they are useful and helpful

      NICE WORK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • profile image

      khushboo kumari 

      18 months ago

      Thanks

    • profile image

      Anushaa 

      21 months ago

      Thoughtful and useful topics- Came across this when I really needed and grateful I found it.

      Great work person:):)!!

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      Ngozi Ebubedike 

      23 months ago

      This is so good with amazing hints.

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      noneaybuzz 

      24 months ago

      thanks i’ll use these for my essay

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      Idk 

      24 months ago

      thx for the great essay topics!

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      jeff 

      24 months ago

      I liked it

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      amina 

      2 years ago

      very informative and good descriptive essays..

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      elena 

      2 years ago

      great topics. helped a lot thnx

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      dheer 

      2 years ago

      Bill are u crazy this page is awesome

    • profile image

      cool 

      2 years ago

      thanks

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      Cee-Jay Aurinko 

      2 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      I like this Lisa – It got me thinking a lot about what I wanted to write next.

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      Rahul 

      2 years ago

      Nice headings, loved them all

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      Sherrye Barrow 

      3 years ago from Duncan, AZ

      Thank you for sharing your ideas.

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      diana 

      3 years ago

      Very useful topics

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      Bill’s Brother 

      3 years ago

      Great Info. nothing i can use though but good

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      Bill 

      3 years ago

      IDK not good enough info. 🙁

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      star girl 

      3 years ago

      This help me a lot

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      El Khattab 

      3 years ago

      Quite interesting Lisa. Thank you

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      Anyone 

      3 years ago

      Great essay topics! Thanks 🙂

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      Tolovaj 

      4 years ago

      I find essays as great way to keep writing even when I lack inspiration for fiction. Because they are based on facts and can involve loads of research, they can occupy you so much, you can get tons of ideas for your other projects in no time. Thanks for your explanations and the list.

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      Anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Great essay topics! Definitely helped me get started on my own descriptive essay. Thanks 🙂

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good information, Lisa, and a very useful list.

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    What Is a Descriptive Essay?

    The descriptive essay asks the writer to describe something—an object, person, place, experience, emotion, or situation. This essay attempts to convey how that subject looked, felt, tasted, sounded, smelled, and so on, and express the emotion or sensation so clearly and vividly that the reader can feel it, too.

    Descriptive essays are probably the easiest one to write since they tend to be more personal and involve less research. They are an opportunity to do some creative writing, even if the essay topic you choose looks pretty boring at first glance. When it comes to choosing a topic, do not be afraid of those that sound generic, because you can use creativity to bring it to life. Just be aware that you will have to work really hard at creating something that readers will enjoy reading.

    In my experience, descriptive essays are only difficult when it comes to deciding just what to write about. If you are a writer in search of an essay topic worth exploring, here are some topics that may help get you there, or at least inspire you to create one of your own.

    100 Topics For a Descriptive Essay

    1. A dream
    2. A nightmare
    3. A childhood memory
    4. A favorite place
    5. A train ride
    6. A pet
    7. A garden
    8. Your best friend
    9. Your favorite vacation
    10. Your ideal date
    11. Your favorite fishing spot
    12. A photograph
    13. A painting
    14. A room
    15. Your favorite book/movie/television character or show
    16. The best restaurant in town
    17. The most embarrassing moment of your life
    18. Your worst enemy
    19. An addiction
    20. Your hero
    21. A teacher
    22. A vase of flowers
    23. A day at work
    24. People on the street
    25. A stranger in the crowd
    26. Falling in love
    27. A life-changing experience
    28. A new car
    29. Your first house
    30. Moving to a new city

    Descriptive Essay Topics

    31. A forest

    32. A beach

    33. Your favorite food

    34. Playing a sports game

    35. A road trip

    36. Learning to drive

    37. A snowy day

    38. The birth of a child

    39. A life-changing event

    40. The future

    41. Traveling

    42. Your favorite song

    43. Your earliest memory

    44. Living in another country

    45. A major achievement

    46. A spider

    47. A beautiful house

    48. Walking down a quiet street

    49. Revisiting places from childhood

    50. What you want to be when you grow up

    51. A hobby

    52. A funny memory

    53. A paranormal experience

    54. Starting a new career

    55. A Halloween costume

    56. A day at school

    57. Sitting in traffic

    58. Meeting a famous person

    59. A concert

    60. A dance

    61. The best place to write

    62. Your favorite hangout spot

    63. Your favorite item of clothing

    64. Graduation

    65. Learning a new language

    66. Your first concert

    67. Your first kiss

    68. Your first date

    69. Performing in front of a crowd

    70. Making a speech

    71. Acting in a play

    72. An antique store

    73. A souvenir

    74. Your lucky charm

    75. Running a marathon

    76. Winning an award

    77. Visiting an old friend

    78. Getting lost

    79. A bad day

    80. A day in the sun

    81. Flying in an airplane

    82. An amazing view

    83. A camping trip

    84. A trip to the museum

    85. A phobia

    86. A bouquet

    87. Daydreaming

    88. A day at the ocean

    89. A picnic

    90. A race

    91. A competition

    92. Meeting someone new

    93. A daily routine

    94. A haunted house

    95. A walk through the park

    96. Waiting in line

    97. Wearing a disguise/costume

    98. Watching a parade

    99. A class reunion

    100. Your favorite book store

    As you can see, there is an endless array of topics to choose from for a descriptive essay. Remember that this type of essay is all about the details. Whether your topic is a bug or a skyscraper, your essay is sure to be as success, as long as you can make it come alive on paper and amuse and surprise your audience, no matter what topic you choose.

    Tips for Writing a Descriptive Essay

    • Tips for Writing a Descriptive Essay
      Although they tend to be all about your own experiences, writing a descriptive essay can be challenging. Have no fear, here are some tips to set you on the right track to a good descriptive essay.

    Descriptive Essay Example

    Questions & Answers

      © 2013 Lisa

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      • profile image

        Frank 

        2 weeks ago

        Very helpful those who can’t think of any topic or don’t know how to write

      • profile image

        Lol 

        3 weeks ago

        This helped

      • profile image

        WriterPerson 

        5 weeks ago

        Nice topics and are very helpful too

      • profile image

        Vinisha jain 

        5 weeks ago

        All the topics are amazung

      • profile image

        brooke yates 

        7 weeks ago

        thank you soooooo much

      • profile image

        jesus 

        7 weeks ago

        great topics very helpful

      • profile image

        BENEDICT IORSHAGHER 

        2 months ago

        thanks very nice.well done

      • profile image

        Ria 

        2 months ago

        Where are important essays like natural disasters

      • profile image

        Shreya 

        2 months ago

        Good

      • profile image

        Kidos 

        3 months ago

        Thanks Lisa.the topics are interesting and helpful

      • profile image

        Ronny 

        3 months ago

        Hi. All the topics were creative and it made my tuition class go well.

        Thanks.

      • profile image

        Himanshu 

        3 months ago

        Really#helpful

      • profile image

        ojambo ashiraf 

        3 months ago

        how do you describe alecturer

      • profile image

        Javohir 

        4 months ago

        Thanks this topics are very special for me till today

      • profile image

        Hazel 

        4 months ago

        Hi. do you have an essay example of unusual acquaintance?

      • profile image

        Kenisha 

        4 months ago

        It is really helpful for my exam. Thanks

      • profile image

        AARNA SINGH 

        4 months ago

        THANKS THE TOPICS MADE MY PRACTICE GO VERY WELL.

      • profile image

        Angel 

        4 months ago

        Hello Lisa. Do you have an essay example of #44 living in another country?

      • profile image

        MARIAM 

        6 months ago

        THANKS THIS HELPED IN THE EXAM

      • profile image

        o.o 

        6 months ago

        I might use one of these

      • profile image

        hi 

        7 months ago

        Awesome

      • profile image

        aryan 

        8 months ago

        good

      • profile image

        Tones 

        8 months ago

        the best of the best ideas

      • profile image

        hammad 

        8 months ago

        i m on the 80th one

      • profile image

        Mr Dude 

        8 months ago

        This was very useful! I’m using #15 cuz im a nerd. 🙂

      • profile image

        Susan 

        8 months ago

        These are excellent words I can not thank whoever wrote these enough for the help.

      • profile image

        Onyinye 

        8 months ago

        How about the topic a teacher I do not admire? Is it inappropriate?

      • profile image

        Dinosaur 

        8 months ago

        Good

      • profile image

        Lynch rose 

        9 months ago

        Awesome and standardized

      • profile image

        bobo 

        9 months ago

        cool

      • profile image

        ryan 

        10 months ago

        amazing ideas

      • profile image

        Sophia 

        10 months ago

        Thank you, I am using #69, performing in front of a crowd.

        Thank you for your ideas

      • profile image

        11 months ago

        I like it, thank you for your ideas ^-^

      • profile image

        Chenuly 

        12 months ago

        Excellent topics!

        I’m definitely gonna use one of them.. 🙂

      • profile image

        lisa 

        12 months ago

        perfect topics

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        #namashree# 

        13 months ago

        Good one

      • profile image

        Udbhav 

        14 months ago

        Perfect recipe for essay

      • profile image

        Vicki 

        14 months ago

        Cool topics

      • profile image

        Tanvi 

        14 months ago

        I like it very much

      • profile image

        Subham 

        15 months ago

        Nice topics

      • profile image

        No 

        16 months ago

        Best topics inworld

      • profile image

        aria 

        18 months ago

        alot of very good topics

      • profile image

        london spillers 

        18 months ago

        Thanks for these examples this person who wrote these qoutes expire me they are useful and helpful

        NICE WORK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • profile image

        khushboo kumari 

        18 months ago

        Thanks

      • profile image

        Anushaa 

        21 months ago

        Thoughtful and useful topics- Came across this when I really needed and grateful I found it.

        Great work person:):)!!

      • profile image

        Ngozi Ebubedike 

        23 months ago

        This is so good with amazing hints.

      • profile image

        noneaybuzz 

        24 months ago

        thanks i’ll use these for my essay

      • profile image

        Idk 

        24 months ago

        thx for the great essay topics!

      • profile image

        jeff 

        24 months ago

        I liked it

      • profile image

        amina 

        2 years ago

        very informative and good descriptive essays..

      • profile image

        elena 

        2 years ago

        great topics. helped a lot thnx

      • profile image

        dheer 

        2 years ago

        Bill are u crazy this page is awesome

      • profile image

        cool 

        2 years ago

        thanks

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        Cee-Jay Aurinko 

        2 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

        I like this Lisa – It got me thinking a lot about what I wanted to write next.

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        Rahul 

        2 years ago

        Nice headings, loved them all

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        Sherrye Barrow 

        3 years ago from Duncan, AZ

        Thank you for sharing your ideas.

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        diana 

        3 years ago

        Very useful topics

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        Bill’s Brother 

        3 years ago

        Great Info. nothing i can use though but good

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        Bill 

        3 years ago

        IDK not good enough info. 🙁

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        star girl 

        3 years ago

        This help me a lot

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        El Khattab 

        3 years ago

        Quite interesting Lisa. Thank you

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        Anyone 

        3 years ago

        Great essay topics! Thanks 🙂

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        Tolovaj 

        4 years ago

        I find essays as great way to keep writing even when I lack inspiration for fiction. Because they are based on facts and can involve loads of research, they can occupy you so much, you can get tons of ideas for your other projects in no time. Thanks for your explanations and the list.

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        Anonymous 

        5 years ago

        Great essay topics! Definitely helped me get started on my own descriptive essay. Thanks 🙂

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        Bill Holland 

        5 years ago from Olympia, WA

        Good information, Lisa, and a very useful list.

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      50 Descriptive Essay Topics

      Make your reader see, smell, hear and feel with these inspirational descriptive essay topics! We’ve collected 50 descriptive essay topics to sprout some flowery language. Our essay topics are designed to spark creative thinking and can be modified for students in elementary, middle and high school. They are grouped by topic for easy student and teacher reference. Feel free to print the entire list for plenty of inspiration for your next descriptive essay assignment!

      Place Essay Topics

      1. Describe your favorite place.
      2. Describe your ideal bedroom.
      3. Describe the house in which you grew up.
      4. Describe what the first house on the moon would look like.
      5. Describe some of your favorite places in your hometown.
      6. Describe a peaceful place that you’ve visited.
      7. Describe a place that exists only in your imagination.
      8. Describe a friend’s or family member’s house where you enjoy spending time.
      9. Describe your perfect fantasy vacation destination.
      10. Describe your favorite store.
      11. Describe your favorite teacher’s classroom.
      12. Describe a museum that you’ve visited recently.
      13. Describe a place you have dreamed about that doesn’t exist in real life.
      14. Describe a place where your pet likes spending time.
      15. Describe an outdoor place that you know well.

      People Essay Topics

      1. Describe your favorite person.
      2. Describe each of your family members.
      3. Describe a famous person that you would like to meet.
      4. Describe one of your friends.
      5. Describe one aspect of someone that you like (for example: laugh, style of dress, words that the person likes to use, etc.)
      6. Describe yourself to someone who has never met you.
      7. Describe the average human to an alien who has never before seen a person.
      8. Describe your pet.
      9. Look at some old family photos and describe an older family member as he or she was when at your age.
      10. Describe someone whom you miss.

      Object Essay Topics

      1. Describe an object that is special to you.
      2. Give a tour of one room in your house by describing the most important objects in that room.
      3. Describe one of your favorite outfits.
      4. Describe your favorite toy as a child.
      5. Describe how you get around (for example: a bicycle, skateboard, sneakers, your parents’ car, the school bus).
      6. Describe your favorite piece of furniture where you like to spend time and relax.
      7. Describe something that you would bury in a time capsule to tell people about what life is like today.
      8. Describe an object that has been in your family for a long time.
      9. Choose a piece of food to eat; then, write a description of it that includes the way it looks, smells and tastes.
      10. Describe a smartphone to a time traveler from the 1900s.

      Memories Essay Topics

      1. Describe your oldest memory.
      2. Describe your best summer vacation.
      3. Describe a memorable concert you attended.
      4. Describe a memorable trip you took.
      5. Describe a special time that you and your family had together.
      6. Describe the first time you met one of your friends.
      7. Describe a time you met someone famous.
      8. Describe one of your happiest memories.
      9. Describe one of your saddest memories.
      10. Describe a time that you felt scared.
      11. Describe a time that you felt excited.
      12. Describe a time that something totally unexpected happened.
      13. Describe a memory of someone whom you miss.
      14. Describe one of your most memorable first days of school.
      15. Describe one of your most embarrassing moments.

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