Descriptive writing is often required in the classroom and on writing assessments. When descriptions include details and elaboration, they are much more interesting to read and are more highly regarded. Details make the writing come to life, as the reader can almost see, hear, taste, smell, or feel what is being described. When teaching your English language learners to use details int heir descriptive writing, use the Details, Details organizer on the next page. This organizer prompts students to elaborate by first thinking about the details they notice about a situation, person, place or event.