Review
     
 
We now have adequate practice and suitable knowledge to write a descriptive paragraph. But writing is a difficult task when compared to all the other three skills of language - listening, speaking, and reading. Hence, it needs a big effort to compose a meaningful, unified and coherent paragraph. In fact, every revision guides us and promises certain learning. Revision also helps us in presenting an organized and coherent paragraph. Therefore, review or editing is a skill you should learn and practise.

This lesson gives you practice in the skills that help in reviewing. Reviewing or editing is making changes to improve the first draft. It is to correct mistakes and polish the composition. After completing the first draft of a descriptive paragraph, use the following checklist to revise it.

 
Revision checklist:
 
 
  • Does the paragraph state a theme?
 
  • Does the paragraph begin with a topic sentence?
 
  • Is the theme or the description supported by specific details?
 
  • Is the paragraph unified?
 
  • Are the ideas presented in the paragraph logically organized?
 
  • Is the language used appropriate and specific?
 
  • Is the paragraph properly concluded?
 
  • Is the paragraph revised so as to correct spelling and punctuation mistakes?
   
 

Thus, it is clear that writing demands meticulous work.

   
  One should, first, decide on a topic or theme. Second, develop the theme adequately by giving illustrations, citing data, analyzing the topic, describing the topic, defining the terms, comparing and contrasting the ideas, evaluating the causes and reasons. Then, one should draw inferences and conclude the paragraph. On the other hand, to write as effectively as possible, one should analyse the paragraph for unity and coherence.