Back to basics

21st February 2014 at 00:00
Cliche is a looming spectre for any teacher trying to impart the secrets of descriptive writing to their students, but these resources will inspire far fresher stories and essays

1. Perfect planning

What is it? A planning mat for descriptive writing

What users say "Thanks - especially useful for visual learners."


2. Ruination writing

What is it? Narrative and descriptive writing tasks based on pictures of abandoned places

What users say "Excellent material. I've used this at teacher-training college and the results were great."


3. Write time

What is it? A PowerPoint presenting four categories that students can use as starting points for creative writing

What users say "A perfect addition to my preparation for next year's writing exam. Could be easily adapted for younger learners."


4. London calling 1

What is it? Lessons inspired by the UK capital, which aim to make students pay closer attention to word choices when writing creatively and descriptively

What users say "Absolutely brilliant resources - thank you so much, they have saved me so much time."


5. London calling 2

What is it? The second set of these creative-writing lessons makes use of an extract from Sorrows of the Moon: a journey through London by Iqbal Ahmed

What users say "You must have spent ages on this. Can't wait to use it with my learners."


6. Boy wonders

What is it? A lesson using an extract from Roald Dahl's Boy that encourages students to describe characters in detail

What users say "Students really understood the importance of choosing effective language to make an impression on the reader."


7. Good moods

What is it? A presentation that explains how to create atmosphere in writing

What users say "Fantastic - saved me hours!"


8. Simile face

What is it? A scheme of work on creative-writing skills that includes the use of simile and metaphor, varying sentence type and dialogue

What users say "Thanks for a brilliant scheme of work."


9. Setting scenes

What is it? Activities designed to help students appeal to the senses and use various linguistic devices when describing environments

What users say "My class loved this and the word prompts really helped them to expand their vocabulary. We ended up having a thesaurus race to find the best words."


10. Description guide

What is it? A simple one-page reference guide for descriptive writing

What users say "Clear and comprehensive guide with engaging examples."


Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar,, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today