Imperative verb meaning listen.
Verb meaning to disappear and fade.
Abstract noun meaning wisdom, insight and knowledge.
Noun meaning ideas and guesses.
Adverb meaning to speak or act violently, heatedly and intensely.
Abstract noun meaning to scorn and mock someone/something
Noun meaning concealment, disguise and dishonesty.
Task: Write a description as suggested by this picture.
Video to inspire:
Step 1: Generate ideas
To write an effective description, you need to practise using your imagination to create detailed description from the image. To help with this, it can be useful to ask yourself questions about the image.
Annotate the image with your answers to the following questions to help you to start generating ideas for your description:
- How are people feeling, thinking, feeling in this situation?
- Think about the senses – what can be seen, heard, smelt, tasted, felt?
- What could be the central action happening in the image? Or are a few things happening?
- What can’t you seen in the picture? What else might be happening?
Step 2: Structure it
To structure a description, it can be helpful to imagine a camera moving around the image.
Your writing might…
- Gradually zoom in or out of the image
- Pan around different parts of the image
- Follow the action (in this case you may follow someone preparing to take a go on the slide, having a go and then consider the reaction to the sight of the sharks or the sounds that would greet them when they emerged from the water, for example)
Decide how you will structure your description in four sections and jot down your key ideas below:
Consider how you open your sentences. Experiment with the following:
- a verb ending in ‘ing’
- A sentence containing only three words.
- A complex sentence
- A rhetorical question
- Start with an adverb comma –ly,
- A sentence will contain a simile
- A sentence that starts with an estimation of time – E.g. Seconds later …
- A sentence that uses two of the senses.
- A sentence that use an exclamation
- A sentence that uses dialogue
Now, think about how you will link your sections – your writing needs to work as one whole piece. Add your ideas for links to your plan above.
Finally, check how you have planned to begin and end. Ensure that your whole description will work together. (Tip: a great idea can be to plan to link your ending back to your beginning (this applies with narrative writing too) as this clearly shows the examiner that you have thought about and planned the overall structure of your piece)
Spend no more than 45 minutes writing up your description, remembering the key skills that the examiner will look for. Hand in your completed work to your English teacher.
Write about a key character in a novel that you have been reading. Explain what their role is in the novel, some details about them and whether you like them as a character or not.
Due Monday 11th December.
8BY Spellings: Learn the meanings as well.