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Write Contrasting Descriptions of the Same Setting

In this worksheet, students consider how the same setting can appear very different at different times.

'Write Contrasting Descriptions of the Same Setting' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:  Writing: Composition

Curriculum subtopic:  Vocabulary Awareness

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

The same place can appear very different at different times. Look at these pictures.

 

 

They are both pictures of woods, but at different times of day and different times of year.

 

The first picture shows bluebells, so it was probably taken in May or June, and the sun is shining, making it seem a calm and happy place. The second picture was taken on a winter evening and it looks eerie and mysterious. Both scenes could be the settings for stories, but they would be very different types of story.

 

In this worksheet, you can practise describing the two settings, concentrating on creating the right atmosphere.

Look again at the first picture.

 

 

Imagine you are in that wood and write a description of it. Think about the following things:

  • What can you see, hear, smell, touch and even taste? Try to include at least three of your senses in your description.
  • Try to use powerful verbs and adjectives. Don't just say the woods are 'big' or 'nice'.
  • How do you actually feel? Can you show this by how you move? For example, are you skipping along, running or creeping?
  • Write your description in the first person (using I rather than he or she) and in the past tense.
  • Don't forget to write in complete sentences with full stops and capital letters!

Now look at the second picture again and imagine that you are there.

Write a description of this setting, and try to show how different it feels from the first setting. You will still need to think about these things:

  • What can you see, hear, smell, touch and even taste? Try to include at least three of your senses in your description.
  • Try to use powerful verbs and adjectives. Don't just say the woods are 'big' or 'scary'.
  • How do you actually feel? Can you show this by how you move? For example, are you skipping along, running or creeping?
  • Write your description in the first person (using I rather than he or she) and in the past tense.
  • Don't forget to write in complete sentences with full stops and capital letters!
  • Question 1

Look again at the first picture.

 

 

Imagine you are in that wood and write a description of it. Think about the following things:

  • What can you see, hear, smell, touch and even taste? Try to include at least three of your senses in your description.
  • Try to use powerful verbs and adjectives. Don't just say the woods are 'big' or 'nice'.
  • How do you actually feel? Can you show this by how you move? For example, are you skipping along, running or creeping?
  • Write your description in the first person (using I rather than he or she) and in the past tense.
  • Don't forget to write in complete sentences with full stops and capital letters!
CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Award up to five marks for the description.
1) Award one mark if at least three senses have been referred to in the description.
2) Award one mark for the use of powerful verbs and adjectives.
3) Award one mark if the description successfully conveys the peaceful and tranquil nature of the woodland scene.
4) Award one mark for consistent use of the first person and past tense.
5) Award one mark if sentences are generally correctly punctuated with full stops and capital letters.
  • Question 2

Now look at the second picture again and imagine that you are there.

Write a description of this setting, and try to show how different it feels from the first setting. You will still need to think about these things:

  • What can you see, hear, smell, touch and even taste? Try to include at least three of your senses in your description.
  • Try to use powerful verbs and adjectives. Don't just say the woods are 'big' or 'scary'.
  • How do you actually feel? Can you show this by how you move? For example, are you skipping along, running or creeping?
  • Write your description in the first person (using I rather than he or she) and in the past tense.
  • Don't forget to write in complete sentences with full stops and capital letters!
CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Award up to five marks for the description, based on the same criteria as for the last question.
1) Award one mark if at least three senses have been referred to in the description.
2) Award one mark for the use of powerful verbs and adjectives.
3) Award one mark if the description successfully conveys the eerie and frightening nature of the woodland scene.
4) Award one mark for consistent use of the first person and past tense.
5) Award one mark if sentences are generally correctly punctuated with full stops and capital letters.
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