Image of describing an image: a waterfall and a night sky resource
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Published: 10/11/2021
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Two scaffolded descriptive writing tasks based on natural images. The first task is structured and encourages students to practise using imagery and literary techniques including: 

  • onomatopoeia
  • simile
  • metaphor
  • personification
  • list of three.

The second task allows students more freedom in describing a night sky, with a supporting word bank and sentence starters.

Designed for the AQA GCSE English Language Paper 1 writing task, using an image prompt.

An extract from the resource: 

Task 2

Now have a go at describing this image of a night sky. Use any of the techniques which worked well when describing the waterfall. Try to use interesting vocabulary as well. The word bank and sentence starters below might help you if you need some ideas.

Word bank

incandescent: producing light

serene: peaceful

myriad: many

frigid: cold

Sentence starters

A myriad of stars …

They shine bright and incandescent …

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