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
- Describe your favorite place.
- Describe your ideal bedroom.
- Describe the house in which you grew up.
- Describe what the first house on the moon would look like.
- Describe some of your favorite places in your hometown.
- Describe a peaceful place that you’ve visited.
- Describe a place that exists only in your imagination.
- Describe a friend’s or family member’s house where you enjoy spending time.
- Describe your perfect fantasy vacation destination.
- Describe your favorite store.
- Describe your favorite teacher’s classroom.
- Describe a museum that you’ve visited recently.
- Describe a place you have dreamed about that doesn’t exist in real life.
- Describe a place where your pet likes spending time.
- Describe an outdoor place that you know well.
People Essay Topics
- Describe your favorite person.
- Describe each of your family members.
- Describe a famous person that you would like to meet.
- Describe one of your friends.
- Describe one aspect of someone that you like (for example: laugh, style of dress, words that the person likes to use, etc.)
- Describe yourself to someone who has never met you.
- Describe the average human to an alien who has never before seen a person.
- Describe your pet.
- Look at some old family photos and describe an older family member as he or she was when at your age.
- Describe someone whom you miss.
Object Essay Topics
- Describe an object that is special to you.
- Give a tour of one room in your house by describing the most important objects in that room.
- Describe one of your favorite outfits.
- Describe your favorite toy as a child.
- Describe how you get around (for example: a bicycle, skateboard, sneakers, your parents’ car, the school bus).
- Describe your favorite piece of furniture where you like to spend time and relax.
- Describe something that you would bury in a time capsule to tell people about what life is like today.
- Describe an object that has been in your family for a long time.
- Choose a piece of food to eat; then, write a description of it that includes the way it looks, smells and tastes.
- Describe a smartphone to a time traveler from the 1900s.
Memories Essay Topics
- Describe your oldest memory.
- Describe your best summer vacation.
- Describe a memorable concert you attended.
- Describe a memorable trip you took.
- Describe a special time that you and your family had together.
- Describe the first time you met one of your friends.
- Describe a time you met someone famous.
- Describe one of your happiest memories.
- Describe one of your saddest memories.
- Describe a time that you felt scared.
- Describe a time that you felt excited.
- Describe a time that something totally unexpected happened.
- Describe a memory of someone whom you miss.
- Describe one of your most memorable first days of school.
- Describe one of your most embarrassing moments.
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These 4th-grade writing prompts (or fourth grade essay topics) are written for students in grade four. They are free to use under a Creative Commons License.
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- Imagine that a ball rolled to a stop at you feet. When you picked it up it felt very warm and it glowed. Then suddenly... Describe what happened next.
- If you were sent back in time to the year 1895, who would you get to help you?
- What do dogs think about?
- Think of a really famous pop/rock star and then describe what you think their bathroom looks like.
- What is your favourite place to visit alone and what do you do there?
- You can see into the future, but only for five minutes. How would you use this time?
- Imagine your Grandma has a secret. She told you what it was the other day. Now write about what the secret is and how surprised you are.
- Imagine you were told to throw a dart at a wall map. Wherever it landed you had to set off for that location first thing in the morning. Where would you try and aim the dart and would be excited, or afraid?
- Should children be allowed to go to bed when they want?
- If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be and why?
- Imagine that whilst playing in your garden, a strange, pale child beckons you. She is dressed in really old-fashioned clothing. Describe what happens next.
- Imagine a lion has just walked into your house. Tell me how each member of your family would react!
- Do you think children should be banned from watching television? Give reasons for your answer.
- If you could design your own room, what would it contain?
- Why is it a good thing to spend some time alone?
- Find a picture or photograph and write a story about the people in it. What has just happened, or what is about to happen?
- Tell me about a TV show you liked when you were much younger. What would you think of it now?
- Write about someone who owns these four objects; a crystal ball, a small, yappy dog, a bottle of brown medicine and a red wig. Use all the items in your story.
- Write about a very trendy and very loud mother who takes her son out shopping for clothes.
- In the UK we have a Queen. What do you think she believes is the worst thing about her job?
- Rant about something that really, really bugs you. Go on; let it all out, just this once!
- Describe what might happen if one day, the moon just disappeared and did not turn up at night.
- Imagine a real fairy has just come back from a fancy dress party. She is dressed as a fairy of-course, but had powers the other people did not. Describe what she got up to.
- Using the internet, find some facts about a building you know well. Then write about it, amazing your friends and family with what an expert you have become. This is known as doing 'research'.
- Imagine a very strange planet indeed. Then describe the very strange people who live there.
- If you found some treasure in a friend's garden, should you be allowed to keep it?
- Do you think we will make contact with people from another planet in your lifetime?
- When its owners are asleep, describe what Toby the bad dog gets up to.
- What is the most stupid thing you have ever done?
- Why do you think we dream?
- What do you think makes a good friend?
- Think about your favourite movie star and imagine what they are doing right this moment.
- Imagine an elderly person joins your school class for a week â€“ describe what they would do and what you might learn from each other.
- If the world was going to end in one hour, what would you want to write in your diary? What would be your thoughts?
- Should children be allowed to climb trees, or do you think it is too dangerous?
- Write about something you can do that most of your friends cannot - like a special skill.
- Describe the special place you go to when you want to be alone. What do you do there?
- Imagine you had to appear on a TV talent show, what would you do and why?
- Imagine you and your best friend are sleeping out in a tent in the woods. In the middle of the night, you hear a really weird sound. Grabbing a torch, you unzip the tent flap and look out. Write about what you see and what happens next.
- Describe something a friend of yours really likes to eat, which you think tastes horrible. Why do you think we all like different foods?
- Pretend you are a wizard but nobody else knows. Describe how you would cast spells with anybody seeing.
- If you could be a ghost for a day, write about what you would do.
- Pretend to be an owl and describe your day.
- Close your eyes and try to remember what is in the room. Then open them and write a description of something you did NOT remember.
- Write a pretend letter to someone you no longer see, updating them about your life. You may even want to send the letter afterwards.
- Do you think you could not talk for a day? What would be difficult about trying this?
- If you could wave a wand and prevent someone talking for a week, who would you wave it at and why!?
- Describe to me some real place, or building that you find creepy.
- If you could breathe underwater, what things might you like to do and see?
- Imagine you could bake a magic cake. Write about what the cake could do.