Year 10 – Writing HW – Revision for Language Paper 1 Mock – Due Monday 18th June



Year 9, 10 and 11 – Writing HW – Due Monday 19th March


Language Paper 1: Question 5

Descriptive Writing

Write a description as suggested by this picture:


  • Panoramic – describe the scene, broadly. Introduce the time and atmosphere.
  • Zoom – focus your lens in on one segment of the image (draw a box)
  • Single line – emphasise the key feeling of your description in one line, apart from the text. BE DRAMATIC!
  • Shift – focus your lens on another segment of the image (draw a box)
  • Shift – focus your lens on another segment of the image (draw a box)
  • Panoramic – zoom out to look at the scene as a whole, how has it changed given the new perspective?


You must include:

  • a range of linguistic devices
  • a range of punctuation
  • ambitious vocabulary
  • varied structural features.
  • Paragraphs
  • Plan before you write. Consider what you need to include (specifically) and where you will include it; create a tick list.

8A and 8BY/BX Homework – Due Monday 19th March


  • Write a short story told by a first person unreliable narrator, like in The Tell-Tale Heart.

Choose a scenario from those below or make your own up, then complete the planning questions in your book:

  • You believe that your lodger is spying on you and conspiring to kill you.
  • You have an irrational fear of your cat/dog/budgie.
  • You do not trust the ladies in the paintings hanging in your hallway.
  • You have a fear of your sister’s porcelain doll.

Planning Help:

  1. Who is your enemy?
  2. What do you have an irrational fear of?
  3. Why are you afraid of it/them?
  4. What has happened to make you suspicious?
  5. What do you decide to do to get rid of your fear?
  6. How do you go about enacting this plan?

Use some of Poe’s techniques for creating an unreliable narrator:

  • Questions
  • Repetition
  • Simple sentences
  • Minor sentences
  • Hyphens
  • Commas instead of conjunctions
  • Exclamation marks
  • Direct address and talking to the reader
  • Boasting
  • First person pronoun ‘I’
  • Embedded clauses and parenthetic commas
  • List of three
  • Powerful verbs
  • Capitalised words
  • Imperatives

Additional Success Criteria:

  • Full and varied punctuation (going for gold? Use high level punctuation such as: Hyphens; Exclamation marks; Question Marks; Semi-colons; Parenthetic commas
  • Paragraphs (TiPToP)
  • High level vocabulary
  • Use of the senses
  • figurative technique