Creative writing (KS4)
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Students revisit sentence types and consider how different kinds of sentence can change a piece of writing. Also includes some writing practice tasks.
A structured sheet to support students in thinking about characterization, conflict and over-arching themes when writing a short story.
Students look at a number of story openings and answer focused questions about the extracts, then write their own.
Differentiated pyramids to support students' creative and non-fiction writing tasks, but easily adapted for other uses, including peer and self evaluation. Uses elements of the VCOP approach to support, stretch and challenge students, focusing on adjectives, sentence starters, hot questions and punctuation.
Descriptive and narrative titles
A selection of titles to prompt both descriptive and narrative writing. Cut up and use for a group planning exercise, set a timed challenge for generating ideas, or revise for exam writing tasks.
Prompts and re-creations
Tailored towards AQA Controlled Assessment (creative writing), this handy collection of inspirational snippets acts as a springboard for descriptive writing.
The opening words of 'The Crow Road' by Iain M Banks, "It was the day my grandmother exploded." The accompanying Word file includes suggested teaching approaches and a list of other carefully chosen opening words.
Analyse that! Language and structural devices
A good exemplar piece of original writing, this worksheet integrates some analytical tasks and extension tasks helpful to many areas of the English course (in particular, GCSE original writing).
Conflict is the key!
A work of fiction is not complete without some sort of conflict. Students will become aware of conflict's importance through an interactive and writing activity.
Point of view
Identify viewpoint and its effects in various examples. Students then discuss their preferred viewpoint and use it to complete the story.
This resource incorporates a set of photographs and useful chart to help with the fleshing out and creation of credible characters.
Original writing trail map and guide
Suggestions for approaching creative writing at Key Stages 3 & 4. Includes a list of key Teachit original writing resources and ways they might be used.
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Engage your sleeping author!
Ideal for GCSE original writing assignments, this was written for a lower ability set to give them some ideas about how to start a creative piece.
What makes a good piece of original writing?
Interactive sequencing activity in which students rank the statements according to their importance. Ideal as a starter.
The way of the A*
A guideline for GCSE students. Top tips with exercises to help pupils gain high grades in creative writing.
Cuboid story prompt
Help students to develop their own creativity and individuality in their creative writing.
Museum of your life
Alternative autobiographical writing task in which students select objects from their life that they would include in a museum. (See 'Iconic objects' for the S&L version of this task.)
A handy plan which can be applied to any empathetic writing task.
Original writing tips and suggestions
An amalgamation of Teachit's staffroom wisdom containing a range of tasks and ideas.
Original writing - things to remember!
PowerPoint presentation for students with tips on meeting the assessment objectives. Designed for the Edexcel syllabus but easily adapted to other syllabi. Could be split into individual PowerPoints on sentence structure, use of paragraphs, creating effects and overall structure.
Exploring effects with sentences
Experiment with making sentences more effective using Syntex. Instructions are available in the PDF file.
Original writing - People you meet in heaven
Coursework / exam prep based on Mitch Albom's novel.
A grotesque discovery
Crib sheet for GCSE original writing coursework. Students watch a clip from Stephen Frears' film (approximately 15 minutes into the film):- tension, horror and an ethical dilemma; then empathise with main character and write from his viewpoint.
Write your own scary story
Accessible ways into creative writing at KS3 or 4. The original resource is followed by a differentiated version for use with students with SEN.
Sentence lengths and interesting vocabulary
An interesting resource which uses footnotes as prompts for effective writing.
A handy template for 'writing to describe'
Fill in the boxes as preparation for any descriptive writing task.
There's more to original writing than just writing stories
A guide to other options.
Tips for narrative writing in an exam
17 handy hints to remember.
Preparing for narrative writing
Looking at planning, story shape, character and vocabulary.
A short practice descriptive writing exercise
Useful as preparation for exam / timed conditions writing.
Writing a short story
Exploring openings, endings and cliff-hangers …
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.
Creative writing - 'The Other Time'
Using the poem by Peter Appleton and an introduction plus prompt questions, students continue the story of the woman whose husband was hanged for murder.
This structured task asks pupils to consider and create detailed characters and settings in the context of a given plot. Includes a checklist for effective writing and a paragraph plan (3 pages). [WARNING: THIS TASK HAS BECOME VERY POPULAR FOR GCSE COURSEWORK AND EXAM BOARDS HAVE EXPRESSED CONCERN ABOUT IT.]
Creative writing task
Build up a piece of imaginative writing using a choice of titles and settings.