Descriptive writing trail
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Descriptive writing trail map and guide
A selection of Teachit resources for teaching descriptive writing. This includes a summary page with skills focus plus suggestions for how each resource might be used.
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KS3 KS4 | Skills | Trails | From the resource collection(s): Descriptive writing trail | Writing to inform, explain, describe
Notebook activity - matching
Drag and drop task that links to 'Describing a beach or holiday memory' but works equally well as a stand alone activity.
KS3 KS4 | Skills | From the resource collection(s): Descriptive writing trail | Writing to inform, explain, describe
Annotating pictures using Microsoft Excel
How to add comments to a picture - perfect for image analysis, or as a stimulus for descriptive writing.
KS3 KS4 KS5 | Teaching tools | From the resource collection(s): Descriptive writing trail | Making the most of ICT
A lovely activity for children to practise using and identifying adjectives - a spooky theme!
Describing a beach or holiday memory
A fun and thought-provoking task based on photographs which encourages the use of figurative language.
KS3 KS4 | Skills | From the resource collection(s): Descriptive writing trail | Original writing trail | Writing to inform, explain, describe
Put muscle into your writing
An exercise that encourages pupils to improve the quality of their writing by using strong verbs. The original resource is followed by a differentiated version for use with students with SEN.
KS3 | Skills | From the resource collection(s): Creative writing (KS3) | Descriptive writing trail | Original writing trail and featured in our teaching pack(s) Creative writing pack
A simile quilt
A fun exercise - creating decorative similes. The original resource is followed by a differentiated version for use with students with SEN.
KS3 | Poetry | From the resource collection(s): An introduction to poetry | Descriptive writing trail
Understanding similes and metaphors
A very simple exercise which asks pupils to draw the image before deciding if it's a simile or metaphor. The original resource is followed by a differentiated version for use with students with SEN.
Quickfire adverbs (2)
A nice kinaesthetic quiz activity using PowerPoint. An interactive version for pupils to categorise adverbs is also available.
A collection of pupil or teacher ticklists for writing, including the necessary nine of writing (general), newspaper writing, descriptive writing and story writing.
KS3 KS4 | Skills | From the resource collection(s): AfL | Descriptive writing trail | Original writing trail
Quickfire adverbs PowerPoint
Lovely. Introductory presentation which would work well as a lesson starter.
How Dickens appeals to our senses
Close reading of an extract followed by a writing task.
A handy template for 'writing to describe'
Fill in the boxes as preparation for any descriptive writing task.
The deserted house descriptive writing task
A handy task planning sheet.
Setting the scene (chapter 2)
Focus on use of adjectives and nouns in a given extract to set the scene.
A short practice descriptive writing exercise
Useful as preparation for exam / timed conditions writing.
Lesson starters - adjectives, synonyms and antonyms
Lesson plan and resources. Use word cards to reinforce understanding of synonyms and antonyms. A Teachit Interactive exercise is also available - match words with their synonyms and antonyms.
A copy of the poem, with activities
Prompt questions, illustration activity and 'Through the Keyhole' advertising activity.
Descriptive writing tasks
Interesting and focused.
Descriptions of Skellig
Close reading of language (looking at adjectives, nouns, verbs and similes) followed by descriptive writing task.
The darkness downstairs
A lesson plan for a simple but effective approach to descriptive writing which asks students to continue a narrative using only two senses.
Sherbet lemon game
A fun way to teach aspects of descriptive writing that will cost you a bag of sherbet lemons.
Worksheet 2 - adjectives
Underline adjectives in the passage. Make a list of adjectives and describe two people that you know. Make adjectives into comparative adjectives.
KS3 | Prose | From the resource collection(s): Descriptive writing trail | Whispers in the Graveyard by Theresa Breslin
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Analysing Fourteen Days in May
GCSE 2015 draft specification summaries