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:
Step 2: Structure it
To structure a description, it can be helpful to imagine a camera moving around the image.
Your writing might…
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:
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.
Yr 7 Spellings due Mon 20th Nov
Yr 8 Spellings due Fri 17th Nov
Yr 7 Spellings Due 6th Nov
Yr 8 Due 6th Nov
Read the document thoroughly. ensure that you pay close attention to what you do in each question and how long it should take you.
Some of you may find it useful to learn some of these sentence stems for each question.
There are some additional practice papers attached below:
Yr 7 due: 18th May
Yr 8 due 18th May
Year 8, Week 7: Sentence Variety 2
In your writing, you need to be using a variety of complex sentences, in addition to simple and compound sentences.
Forming complex sentences
A complex sentence consists of a main clause (or simple sentence), which makes sense on its own and a subordinate clause (or dependent clause), which relies on the rest of the sentence to make sense.
e.g. When I go home, I eat toast.
‘I eat toast’ is a main clause and makes sense on its own.
‘When I go home,’ relies on the other half of the sentence to make sense.
You can form complex sentences by opening your sentence with a number of words that create subordinate clauses. These are called subordinators.
Common subordinators are:
Punctuation and subordinators
Because opening a sentence with these words creates a subordinate clause, you MUST have a comma later in the sentence to separate it from the main clause. (look again at this sentence)
or When I go into town, my friend comes with me.