Sunday, 28 June 2020

KS2/3 Write more



Write a description about going somewhere. You can be either by yourself or with other people.

First describe where you are going, who is with you and what you plan to do. You can write this part in bullet points if you like.

Next, explain more - add more details about the journey and what it is like. You could include:

how you feel
what you expect to happen
whether anything is difficult about the journey
what you can see, hear, smell etc
whether you have done this journey before

Finally expand your description of the journey. This means putting together everything you have written and thought about so far and making it into a good, solid description of your journey and what happens.

Try to write at least 2 good paragraphs. Don't worry about getting it right first time, try writing your first attempt and then look at it to see if anything needs to be changed.


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Friday, 26 June 2020

KS3 Creating Atmosphere



Creating atmosphere can turn your story from a descriptive set of sentences to something that comes to life for your readers. But how can you create atmosphere?

You'll be pleased to know it's not as tricky as it might seem, and practice makes you better at creating the atmosphere you want for your story.

I have used a dark-looking picture for this activity because when we mention atmosphere, we tend to think of something brooding, mysterious, scary etc, rather than a cheerful, light-hearted atmosphere. This isn't true, you can decide which atmosphere suits your story.

Notice the adjectives I used: brooding, mysterious, scary, sombre. They make you imagine a certain kind of story and help to create atmosphere. So, a scary atmosphere is simple enough - it belongs in a story that has scary events and themes in it. A brooding atmosphere is more difficult as it's not as straightforward to explain.

Adjectives are your key to creating atmosphere and if you find it difficult to think of adjectives while you are writing, it's worth making a list of 'good' ones before you start. That's how we will do the first half of this activity.

I want you to think of some adjectives to help you describe the words below. Then you can use them to write an atmospheric story. You can choose the atmosphere you want. I have decided on a horror story so I want a scary or threatening atmosphere.

Add adjectives to the words below. I have suggested two for you, so that you know what kind of words to choose.

house
cattle
landscape
forest
road
neighbours
noises
moon
celebration
visitor

Example: chilling celebration, tortured forest

Hint: If you have trouble thinking of good adjectives, use a thesaurus to search a simple word, like scary, and see which alternatives might fit your story.

Once you have your sets of words, you can start writing your story. You don't need to use all the word sets, but try to use most of them.

If you like, try putting the word sets into full sentences and then writing your story. Or jump right in and start creating your atmosphere!



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Monday, 22 June 2020

Something has esaped!



Oh-oh! This looks like trouble!

Write the story of a little creature's escape into our world from...where?

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Thursday, 18 June 2020

A Level English Language Writing a Review


Write a review of a play you have been to see.

You are a critic who works for a local newspaper. You have been to see a modernised production of Cinderella at a popular theatre. The play has been produced by an amateur dramatics society by actors who regularly appear in other productions at the theatre.

Write a detailed review of at least 500 words. Your review should have a critical tone and also include some or all of the following:

description of the set
summary of the acting talents of the cast
what the audience thought/how they reacted
how you felt by the end of the performance
whether you would recommend your readers see the play

Although you are free to choose many of your own details, such as how the well-known fairytale has been modernised, try to focus on how you describe these details - your description should convey the experience of watching the play and your own reaction to it, as well as actual details of what you see.

This task gives you thorough, guided practice in writing creatively but within a scenario or brief. Your use of language and tone are as important as the imaginary details of the play itself.

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A story somewhere