Creative and descriptive writing

Resources team
11th February 2020
Pencil tree with letters to inspire creative and descriptive writing

Explore the realms of creative and descriptive writing with a selection of our hand picked resources

With key literary texts to teach and quotations to learn, it is easy to let exploitative fiction writing take a back seat. To minimise workload, we have pulled together some of our most popular teaching resources for creative and descriptive writing. From writing prompts to exam questions, these resources will suit the needs of your KS3 and KS4 students.

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Lower secondary KS3 resources

Creative Writing 10 Minute Challenge

A Powerpoint that has 52 pictures to inspire writing. On opening slide you can either click button which will choose a slide at random, or enter a number. On that picture slide, there is a button which will give a 10 minute count down in which the children then write around the picture. My class love it -especially the boys (who I think respond well to the time limit). Please rate and comment...baz
By BarryP

Creative Writing: Fiction Prompts

10 visual prompts for narrative/story writing. Great for a one-off lesson or cover work. (KS2/KS3/KS4)
By jamestickle86

Gothic Horror Creative Writing Lesson

An engaging and fully resourced extended writing lesson.
Suitable for KS3 or KS4 AQA English Language Paper 1 Section B - Descriptive Writing practice.
The PowerPoint includes:

  • Overview of the features of Gothic literature
  • Extract from Bram Stoker’s Dracula for analysis
  • Creative writing image, activity and choice prompts
  • Planning worksheet
  • Peer assessment focus

In the past I also used this as a cover lesson which worked really well.

Please leave a review if you found this resource helpful :)

Or browse my online shop for other creative writing resources:

By NovelTeachingUK

Structuring and Organising Creative Writing

This highly engaging and informative double lesson (around 1.5 to 2 hours of teaching materials) helps students to build skills in demonstrating appropriate, sophisticated, and original structures in their writing, and provides them with theories and techniques to help them to organise their writing adequately.

I wrote this lesson because I noticed that there are an extremely high volume of students that approach extended writing tasks (even in their GCSEs) with practically no sense of organisation. Even though they have clearly learnt a number of writing techniques from their teachers, their writing can be extremely short, repetitive, and in some cases the topic is confused. This lesson aims to address each of those issues.

Students learn:
- What structure and organisation mean;
- Narrative structure theory and 'plot mountain;'
- How time order can effect a creative text;
- How to expand using the five key senses;
- How and when to use paragraphing;
- Plan for their own extended piece of writing;

Included are all worksheets, and detailed and visual PowerPoint presentation, which explains each concept clearly, and a lesson plan for teacher guidance.

Alternatively, you can buy the Descriptive Writing Big Bundle (All descriptive devices lessons, structuring and organising writing lesson, capturing the readers attention lesson, and the literacy writing mat) for £5.
All images are licensed for commercial use, and authors are cited on the final slide.
By TandLGuru

24 creative writing prompts

Use as independent activity cards, extensions, homework challenges, big write, assessment writing evidence, guided writes, SPAG lesson responses, talk for writing and more!
By erylands

Upper secondary KS4

Descriptive / Creative Writing

By Lead_Practitioner

AQA Descriptive Writing

Some power points and worksheets for descriptive writing

I use the zoom method and boxes to describe 'characters' or places and objects in the scene
By Miss T

Creative Writing Exam Practice

This pack contains sixteen AQA 9-1 GCSE English Language Paper One Question Five exam-style questions - both descriptive and narrative - on a range of topics that can be given to students as extra revision, practice papers, during lessons, or as homework. These assessment questions can be used with KS4 for exam preparation or as creative writing exercises for KS3.

There is also a full twenty-slide lesson (including a model answer) that focuses on the AQA GCSE English Language Paper 1, Question 5 (narrative question).

Please note: This is a different lesson and different set of 16 exam questions to my other Paper One Question Five pack:
A set of 16 Paper Two: Question Five Exam Practice Questions can be found here:

Please also take a look at my other resources.
Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

By PateResources

Descriptive writing booklet

A booklet which can be used to introduce/revise descriptive writing. Can also be used as a stand alone cover lesson as the tasks are self explanatory.

By LauraAlice89

Manipulating structure and punctuation for creative writing

Two engaging lesson on varying sentence structures and using punctuation for effect. Includes a range of activities and detailed worksheets that really encourage pupils to see the merit of more varied structural choices, as well as emphasises the significance of technical accuracy. Worked extremely well and had high impact on my own classes.

Suitable for both KS3 and KS4.
By itsatarp

Creative Writing Masterclass - Narrative Structure

A lively and engaging lesson developing students’ ability to plan, structure and sequence their work for maximum impact. Ideal in preparing students for GCSE English Language Paper 1, Section B. The full scheme of work is available to purchase for just £5 here.

In this lesson, a range of activities have been designed to develop your pupils’ imagination and descriptive writing skills. In particular, students explore the various narrative structure models that they can use to approach this exam. Lots of image based activities which connect quite strongly to what they will encounter in the writing section of paper 1 on the new AQA 9-1 Language syllabus. There’s plenty of content here to fill at least a couple of lessons.

Would work well as a standalone writing/literacy lesson or as part of the Writing scheme of work I have developed (see bundle). Ready to go, lots of differentiation and Assessment for Learning built in to the activities.

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