Descriptive writing is used to create a vivid picture of an idea, place or person. It is much like painting with words. It focuses on one subject and uses specific detail to describe that upon which your child is focused. For example, if your child is asked to write about his favorite ride at an amusement park, his writing will not only tell the name of the ride and what it looks like but also describe the sensation of being on it and what that experience reminds him of. In upper grades, a student's descriptive writing should be more subtle and nuanced, using figurative and metaphorical language.