GCSE English Language 9-1 Scaffolded Descriptive Writing - Whole Text Exercise

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Ever tried to teach descriptive writing and been met with a sea of faces staring back blankly? However, when the terminal exam promises the distinct possibility of a descriptive writing task (Paper 1 Question 5) then students must be prepared for this eventuality.

This is one way to encourage students to write good descriptive pieces.

This set of prompts is designed to introduce students to descriptive writing in a number of ways…

The resource is designed as a 60 minute section of any class and it focuses on a FULL RESPONSE for a description of a picture.

If you want to use exercise books, there is an ‘instruction only’ set here too.

Each paragraph the students must write is accompanied by a number of prompts to the left. The prompts indicate what they should write. So, the first (major) prompts, for example, are:

Para 1
Start with a one word sentence, stating the time of day – or year. Then use a simple sentence to describe the sea.

Para 2
Describe the setting.

As a minimum, your paragraph should include…

• a simile about the place e.g. the sun was like… The air was as…
• Describe the sky – what can be seen? Use colours!
• Write a compound sentence about the sun and/or sea.
• Start the last sentence with “In the distance…”
Add anything else you want about the setting ONLY.

…and so on!

The prompts then progress, enabling the students to create a complete response which includes all of the skills descriptors for Paper 1 Question 5. Your students should end up with a piece containing a minimum of 7 paragraphs of varying language with structural features and language devices used throughout.

This lesson could also be used as a ‘snap’ revision session or a cover class. In fact it’s a highly adaptable (and editable!) resource which you can turn to many things.

There is also a ‘five senses’ prompt on the lesson handout, to encourage students to use one or more of these in their writing.

These exercises cover the following Assessment Objectives:

AO5: Communicate clearly, effectively and imaginatively, selecting and adapting tone, style and register for different forms, purposes and audiences. Organise information and ideas, using structural and grammatical features to support coherence and cohesion of texts
AO6: Candidates must use a range of vocabulary and sentence structures for clarity, purpose and effect, with accurate spelling and punctuation.

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