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In this download you can find a model answer for the ISE I exam and ready to use classroom activities. This is a descriptive essay about rules and regulations. 

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My cousin laura.

Someone I admire is my cousin Laura. She’s five years older than me, so she’s 19 now and she lives in Bristol. She’s very friendly and confident and she’s got long, wavy, brown hair and greeny-brown eyes. She’s medium height, slim and very fit because she’s a dancer.

She’s been dancing since she was six years old and trains every day at her dance school. She wants to be a professional dancer, but it’s a very difficult profession because it’s so competitive. She often dances in shows and I’ve been to watch her several times. Her favourite type of dance is modern, which is sometimes a bit strange, but I love watching her dance.

Laura is very busy because she also studies photography at university. She’s a really good photographer and has taken lots of amazing photos of me and my family. Her photos have won a few prizes and last year one of her photos was in an exhibition at an art gallery in London.

Laura doesn’t have a lot of free time and she’s also trying to learn German because she wants to go to Germany next year to do a photography course. I think Laura is very hard-working and she deserves to become a professional dancer one day.

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A good descriptive essay creates a vivid picture of the topic in the reader’s mind. You may need to write a descriptive essay as a class assignment or you may decide to write one as a fun writing challenge. Start by brainstorming ideas for the essay. Then, outline and write the essay using vivid sensory details and strong descriptions. Always polish your essay and proofread it so it is at its best.

Brainstorming Ideas for the Essay

Step 1 Choose a person to describe.

  • You could also choose a fictional person to write about, such as a character in a book, a story, or a play. You could write about a character on your favorite TV show or video game.

Step 2 Pick a place or object to describe.

  • Another take on this option is to write about a made-up place or object, such as the fantastical school in your favorite book or the magic wand from your favorite TV show.

Step 3 Select an emotion to describe.

  • You could also choose a more specific emotion, such as brotherly love or self-hatred. These emotions can make for powerful descriptive essays.

Step 4 Make a list of sensory details about the topic.

  • For example, if you were writing about a person like your mother, you may write down under “sound” : “soft voice at night, clack of her shoes on the floor tiles, bang of the spoon when she cooks.”

Writing the Essay

Step 1 Outline the essay in sections.

  • If you are writing the essay for a class, your instructor should specify if they want a five paragraph essay or if you have the freedom to use sections instead.

Step 2 Create a ...

  • For example, if you were writing a descriptive essay about your mother, you may have a thesis statement like: “In many ways, my mother is the reigning queen of our house, full of contradictions that we are too afraid to question.”

Step 3 Write a strong introduction.

  • For example, if you were writing the essay about your mom, you may start with: “My mother is not like other mothers. She is a fierce protector and a mysterious woman to my sisters and I.”
  • If you were writing an essay about an object, you may start with: "Try as I might, I had a hard time keeping my pet rock alive."

Step 4 Describe the topic with vivid adjectives.

  • You can also use adjectives that connect to the senses, such “rotting,” “bright,” “hefty,” “rough,” and “pungent.”
  • For example, you may describe your mother as "bright," "tough," and "scented with jasmine."

Step 5 Use metaphors and similes.

  • You can also use similes, where you use “like” or “as” to compare one thing to another. For example, you may write, “My mother is like a fierce warrior in battle, if the battlefield were PTA meetings and the checkout line at the grocery store.”

Step 6 Discuss your emotions and thoughts about the topic.

  • For example, you may write about your complicated feelings about your mother. You may note that you feel sadness about your mother’s sacrifices for the family and joy for the privileges you have in your life because of her.

Step 7 Wrap up the essay with a strong conclusion.

  • For example, you may end a descriptive essay about your mother by noting, “In all that she has sacrificed for us, I see her strength, courage, and fierce love for her family, traits I hope to emulate in my own life.”

Polishing the Essay

Step 1 Read the essay out loud.

  • You can also read the essay aloud to others to get their feedback. Ask them to let you know if there are any unclear or vague sentences in the essay.

Step 2 Show the essay to others.

  • Be open to constructive criticism and feedback from others. This will only make your essay stronger.

Step 3 Revise the essay for clarity and length.

  • If you have a word count requirement for the essay, make sure you meet it. Add more detail to the paper or take unnecessary content out to reach the word count.

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To write a descriptive essay, start by choosing a topic, like a person, place, or specific emotion. Next, write down a list of sensory details about the topic, like how it sounds, smells, and feels. After this brainstorming session, outline the essay, dividing it into an introduction, 3 body paragraphs, and a conclusion. Open with a vivid introduction that uses sensory details, then introduce your thesis statement, which the rest of your essay should support. Strengthen your essay further by using metaphors and similes to describe your topic, and the emotions it evokes. To learn how to put the finishing touches on your essay, keep reading! Did this summary help you? Yes No

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1. read the task and the essay. in which paragraph (a-d) does the writer ….

1   give his opinion?

2   introduce the topic?

3   make his proposals?

4   sum up the essay?

Some people think that the school curriculum should include subjects such as ‘leading a healthy lifestyle’. Write an essay in which you give your own opinion on this issue and propose ways in which this subject might be taught in schools.

[ A ]   If we can believe recent reports in the press, many teenagers are overweight and unfit. Some people argue that teaching children at school about a healthy lifestyle would help to solve this problem.

[ B ]   In my view , it would be very sensible to teach students how to lead a healthy lifestyle. Health problems later in life often start because people get into bad habits during their teenage years. It is sometimes said that this is the responsibility of the parent and not the school. But as I see it , everyone in society would benefit from this.

[ C ]   In order to tackle this problem , time should be set aside in the school timetable to teach children about the benefits of eating healthily and getting lots of exercise. Moreover , doctors could also play a part by coming into school and talking to students. I suggest that one or two hours a week should be spent on this topic.

[ D ]   To sum up , I agree with those people who believe that healthy living should be taught in schools. It seems to me that the students themselves and society in general would benefit from this proposal.

1 B   2 A   3 C   4 D

2. Complete the gaps with the underlined phrases from the essay.

1   Introducing your opinions

     in my opinion, 1 …………………………. 2 …………………………. 3 ………………………….

2   Introducing other people’s opinions

     It is a widely held view that

     Most people agree that

     It is a common belief that

      4 ………………………….

      5 ………………………….

3   Making an additional point

     What is more,      Not only that, but      Furthermore,

     6 ………………………….

4   Introducing proposals and solutions

     One solution might be to

     What I propose is that

     I would strongly recommend that

     It is vital that

     7 ………………………….  

     8 ………………………….

5   Concluding

      In conclusion,      To conclude,      9 ………………………….

1 In my view   2 as I see it   3 It seems to me that

4 Some people argue that   5 It is sometimes said that

6 Moreover   7 In order to tackle this problem

8 I suggest that   9 To sum up

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Many people think that teenagers spend too much time using electronic gadgets. Write an essay in which you give your own view of the problem and propose ways of solving it.

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1   Divide your essay into an introduction, main body and conclusion.

2   If the task has more than one element, deal with them in different paragraphs within the main body.

3   Use formal language.

4   Support opinions with evidence or examples.

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1   describe the problem?

2   introduce the topic: mention the problem (using different words from the task) and say that you will propose solutions?

3   sum up by saying that you are confident that your proposed solutions will help to solve the problem?

4   propose solutions?

1 B   2 A   3 D   4 C

4. Make notes about the headings below.

My view of the problem and its causes: …………………………….

Solutions to the problem: …………………………………….

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5. Write your essay. Follow the paragraph plan in exercise 3, and use your notes from exercise 4. Include some phrases from exercise 2.

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The following list of top 100 descriptive essay topics are only examples of what you can write about. You can easily modify them or transform according to your own feelings and plan.


This section provides possible topics for a descriptive essay related to your favorite things you might enjoy doing or to your first impressions regarding specific events.

1. My favorite movie Describe its plot and your favourite episode in the movie.

2. My favourite movie character Describe your favourite movie character and explain why you like him/her.

3. The book I love the most Write about your favorite book - a novel, a volume of essays, scientific monograph, etc. Do you have a hard copy of it at home?

4. The house of my dreams Here you need to use your imagination for the most part. Try not only to describe the exterior and interior of the house, but also the feelings related to it.

5. My best friend Who is your best friend and why? Do you remember the first time you met?

6. My first trip overseas Where did you go and when? What had you expected before the trip started? What was the most important thing you still remember?

7. My first memory This is a serious topic for a descriptive essay which can make you very excited (and even sad), so don’t pick it up if you do not feel comfortable writing about it.

8. My first love This is another topic for a descriptive essay which can be exciting. Make sure to write an essay and not a short diary of your romantic feelings.

9. The concert which I will never forget You have perhaps attended many concerts but which one will stay in your memory forever?

10. My first encounter with the internet

If you belong to the Millennium generation, this descriptive essay topic will not be suitable for you; in any other case, you can write about your first feelings and experiences while dealing with the internet.

11. My favourite music style What exactly do you like about this style? What feelings, associations you have while listening to it?

12. My first tears of joy Strangely, but sometimes happiness is expressed with tears. What happened and when?

13. My first flight Many people say they were afraid before boarding the plane for the first time. Did you have the same feeling? What did you feel while looking at the earth from above?

14. My longest trip Not everyone likes long journeys. Did you have the same feeling and where did you go to?

15. My dream career What is your favourite profession and why? 


These descriptive essay topic ideas are related to your observation skills. Here you can write not only about things you have experienced but also about objects and things which you have seen only on TV. For example, an essay on the first topic can tell your personal story but it can also be based on your imagination.

16. The most exciting cruise Have you traveled across the sea? Tell your reader about your experience.

17. The most beautiful place on earth Is it a city, a town, a mountain or a volcano? What did you feel like when you were there? Or if you have never been there, what captures your mind and makes you plan to go there?

18. Top 10 destinations in Europe Which is your favourite top 10 list? Think not only in terms of cities, but also places or countries.

19. The most attractive places in Asia Tell what you think about Asia and its beauties.

20. The wonders of Australia and New Zealand Is Australia only Sydney? Is New Zealand only the land where The Lord of the Rings has been shot?

21. A space journey Go to an imaginable journey through space - through solar systems and galaxies. Where would you go? This descriptive essay topic is a little bit philosophical.

22. The beauty of the starry sky Describe your feelings associated with the observation of the stars.

23. What can an astronaut see? Have you asked yourself what an astronaut can see from the International Space Station?

24. A Himalayan expedition Imagine you are a part of such an expedition. Describe all the excitement and difficulties.

25. An adventure in the Andes Nature, history and mysteries - they all inhabit these lands. Try your imagination, or describe your real experience.

26. Iceland - another world One of the most mysterious countries in the world, Iceland is famous for its volcanoes, geysers and Northern Lights.

27. The Northern Lights and their beauty Have you ever seen the Northern Lights? Maybe you have watched a TV documentary about it? Share your thoughts and feelings.

28. Canadian White nights Have you ever been to Canada during the White nights? What is it like to observe them?

29. A seaman: one day on a ship How a seaman feels while being on a ship? How does it feel to be far away from home?

30. In the heart of Africa What is it like to go on a safari, or to see a lion standing not very far from you? 

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These descriptive essay topics deal with important events and persons from the world history. You need to have some knowledge about these topics in order to write a good descriptive paper. 

31. Julius Caesar: the legendary commander What was so remarkable about this man? 

32. Napoleon: the king of Europe What did Napoleon want and what he eventually achieved?

33. The Mayflower - the Voyage of hope It is one of the most important events in our history. Can we say that this was the Voyage of Hope?

34. The common Americans and the War of Independence How was this important war perceived by the common Americans? What is war like?

35. The tragedy of Pearl Harbor One of the most devastating battles in our history. Why was Pearl Harbor important for America and what were its consequences? Do you have a family story related to it?

36. The most important event in our history What is it according to you? Describe it and say what influence it has had on America.

37. The greatest person in our history Why has he/she and what has he/she done?

38. A visit to the historical museum What can one see in such a museum? Here you can describe your own experience.

39. A lesson of history - a lesson of life Is it true that school is always detached from real life? Can a history lesson be identified with a lesson of life and about life?

40. A pirate of the Caribbean What was the life of such a pirate like? Would you do something similar? 


This section comprises descriptive essay topics which are more reflective and introversive. The topics are abstract because thus you will be able to find your own approach better.

41. A warm winter evening Imagine it - maybe a scene from your childhood, or an evening with your own children.

42. A fairytale from my childhood The word “fairytale” may also mean a wonderful place, a beautiful moment; you should not comprehend it literally.

43. A hot summer day Summer is the favourite season of many people. What do you associate with it?

44. One day in school What is it like to be in your school for one day? What happens during classes and around the school?

45. A teacher Who is the teacher that has inspired you the most?

46. A Christmas story What do you associate with Christmas? Have you ever felt the spirit of Christmas and how?

47. My childhood You don’t need to describe your childhood, just focus on several special moments or events.

48. An exciting picnic with my parents Did you go out in the mountain with your parents? What was it like?

49. One day at the seaside Is staying at the seaside your favourite moment in life? What do you do then?

50. My favourite pet What is your favourite pet and what memories do you have related to it? 


Here you will find some hints which can guide you through your descriptive essay. Use your imagination. These topics for descriptive essay are very abstract.

51. A popular series movie What has impressed you in this movie?

52. A newscaster What does he/she look like? How does he/she behave? Is he/she your favourite newscaster?

53. A children movie Why have you chosen exactly this movie? What do you associate it with?

54. A poem What is the poem and who is its author? What associations emerge with it?

55. A novel Novels are different - hard and easy to understand. Which one do you want to describe and what thoughts and feelings it provokes in you? Hint: it doesn’t necessarily have to be your favourite novel.

56. A writer Who is this writer that provokes you the most? He/she can be a fiction writer, a philosopher, a journalist, etc.

57. A bookstore Describe a bookstore and your feelings while entering it.

58. A painting It is easy to describe a painting but can you interpret it properly?

59. A museum How is it like to visit a museum? Which one and why?

60. A dance What do you feel while dancing this dance? 


These topics for a descriptive essay require description of your daily routine - can you show the most interesting part of it? Try to reach general conclusions, not merely describing events and places.

61. In the supermarket What do you search for in the supermarket? How do you feel? Do you feel like one of the countless consumers?

62. On my way to school What do you think on the way to school? Or, if this is past, what do you associate with this way?

63. On the way to my workplace What do you think or feel while going there? Are you afraid of anything?

64. How my usual day looks like Perhaps the simplest topic for a descriptive essay out of all. What do you do? What do you like to do in your daily routine? What about your dreams?

65. When I visit my neighbors Do you like visiting your neighbors? What is it like for you? Why do you think it is important?

66. When I go fishing What do you like exactly in fishing? Can you describe what you do?

67. Cooking in my life Everyone likes cooking. Do you cook and how important is it in your life?

68. My favourite sport activity Sport is important. Do you go in for sports and why? What motivates you to go in for sports?

69. How I spend my time with my girl/boyfriend Spending time with your only one can be also an interesting topic for a descriptive essay. May be you can share some ideas about it as well?

70. The day which I hate There are such days in everyone’s life. Tell the reader about it unless this provokes unpleasant feelings in you. You can try to be ironic, for example. 


These topics for descriptive essays are related to intellectual issues and require deeper understanding of what you write. You don’t need to have a definite point of view. Neutrality could also be the principle of writing a descriptive essay .

71. My religious confession Tell about it (if you don’t mind).

72. How I perceive God A serious question which can be approached to in many ways. The simplest question is: what feelings do you have about God?

73. Meetings with God Tell the reader about your personal experiences as a believer.

74. My favorite philosopher Why is he/she your favourite? What is his/her best contribution?

75. The philosophy of my life Tell about the philosophy of your life, or personal worldview. This descriptive essay topic is very deep.

76. The meaning of life What is it? Tell your personal standpoint.

77. The scientific theory which has influenced me the most Which is this theory? Is it part of biology, physics, medicine?

78. Adventures with science Tell about your experience and adventures (metaphorically said) with science.

79. A brilliant technology Describe a technology which has impressed you a lot.

80. A great scientist Write a descriptive essay about a scientist with important contributions for mankind. 


These descriptive essay topic ideas concerning various interesting professions. You can write about a particular person or merely tell about the person’s job and duties.

81. What is it like to be a football player? Describe the life and work of an American football player.

82. To be a NBA star NBA players get a lot of money. Is their life easy though?

83. An Olympic champion Tell the story of such a champion, a story full of suffering and dreams.

84. What is it like to be an aircraft pilot? Really one of the most difficult professions, the job of a pilot is quite interesting. Write a descriptive essay about it.

85. One day of a doctor in the ER What does a doctor do in the Emergency room?

86. To be a Hollywood star Is it that easy to be a movie star?

87. The work of an engineer Engineers are rarely famous but their projects are essential for our way of living.

88. What is it like to be a policeman? Obviously it is hard to be a policeman, but what exactly a day of a policeman looks like?

89. Being a president of the United States This is not exactly a profession but it is rather combined with politics and diplomacy.

90. One day in the army What does a soldier do? 


91. One day of a just married couple Describe one romantic day of the spouses.

92. A story of a failed project There are many projects which were never implemented. Can you tell such a story?

93. One day of a koala Not only human beings have their stories but animals do as well. You can choose another animal if you like.  

94. A walk in the zoo What is it like to walk in the zoo? Is it different when you are an adult?

95. A jump with bungee An interesting descriptive essay topic which will provoke a lot of interest.

96. A story from the internet Have you tried to meet new people online? How did it happen and what were the consequences?

97. The strangest party What was extraordinary about it?

98. A superstition Do you have your own superstition? Or maybe someone around you? What is interesting about it?

99. Computers  - part of my life What about computers in your life?

100. The heaven for every woman What is women’s favourite place? A shoes shop? A jewelry shop?

Remember to apply a particular approach to the particular type of a descriptive essay topic. Topics which require more reflections and philosophizing cannot be written in simple words.

Before starting your descriptive essay, make sure you understand your topic and the task assigned by your instructor. Also, ensure you know how to write a descriptive essay outline which might also be requested by your professor. Try to imagine the situation described - even if it has never happened to you (for example, if the topic concerns your dreams). Play your part in the story - either as an active actor or as a neutral, passive observer. Never forget that the reader should be attracted by your descriptive essay - think how to do it. A mere description is never enough. 

Before starting your descriptive essay, try to imagine the situation described; play your part in the story - either as an active actor or as a neutral, passive observer. Never forget that the reader should be attracted by your essay. Tweet This

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