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Exam Preparation for Written Texts 10

In this worksheet, students revise techniques they may need to use in their GCSE exam, focusing on descriptive writing.

'Exam Preparation for Written Texts 10' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 4

Curriculum topic:  Writing

Curriculum subtopic:  Write Accurately, Fluently and Effectively

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

This worksheet will allow you to revise techniques that you may need to use in the written exam. It will focus on descriptive writing.

Is the following statement true or false?

 

Descriptive writing is the same as writing a story; it must have a narrative.

true

false

A piece of descriptive writing does not need to tell a story. It merely describes a place, person or event. You should use language to help the reader imagine that they are there. 

 

From the list below, choose five techniques you would want to include in a good piece of descriptive writing.

the five senses

rhetorical questions

similes

metaphors

facts and figures

personification

rule of three

range of adjectives and adverbs

What is this an example of?

 

The sky was as grey as slate and the rain fell down like needles quickly filling the puddles.

metaphor

personification

simile

What is this an example of?

 

The sea's fingers clawed at the beach dragging piles of sand and shells into its frothy mouth.

simile

metaphor

personification

What is this an example of?

 

The candyfloss clouds bobbed about on the satin silk blue sky.

simile

metaphor

personification

When using the five senses to describe something, what words are good to use to describe sounds?

alliteration

onomatopoeia

rhyme

Which onomatopoeia words might you use to describe a busy restaurant kitchen?

Select four from the list below.

clatter

sizzle

purr

swoosh

bang

whoosh

hum

splash

When describing what things look like describing colours is important. You need to try and use a variety of words for this.

 

From the list below, select the words that are a shade of red.

ruby

scarlet

crimson

turquoise

cherry

peach

Select the words below that are shades of the colour blue:

azure

sapphire

lilac

cyan

rose

cobalt

What does an adjective describe?

noun

verb

What does an adverb describe and what letters do they often end in?

noun

verb

-er

-ly

Do you need to plan a piece of descriptive writing?

Yes, it is important to structure your writing.

No, there is no story to it, so it is better to just go with your inspiration as you write.

One way of planning is to use the five senses - have a paragraph for each.

 

What are the five senses?

hearing

smell

ideas

sight

emotions

taste

touch

If you were asked to describe a train journey, below are some of the ideas you could include. Match the correct idea with its corresponding sense.

Column A

Column B

rhythmic clatter of the train
hearing
stale smoke
touch
city suburbs
smell
bitter coffee
taste
soft fabric seats
sight

A different way of planning your answer is to use the zoom in technique. Like a camera you slowly zoom in describing things from big to small. For example, you might describe a street, then a house, then a doorway and finally a cat sitting in the doorway.

 

If you were describing a beach scene and zooming in, in what order would you describe the following things from big to small?

Column A

Column B

1
small stretch of sand
2
the shells on the sandcastle
3
whole bay
4
a child building a sandcastle
5
a family under the sun umbrella
  • Question 1

Is the following statement true or false?

 

Descriptive writing is the same as writing a story; it must have a narrative.

CORRECT ANSWER
false
EDDIE SAYS
It is false. Descriptive writing does not need to have a narrative, a story.
  • Question 2

A piece of descriptive writing does not need to tell a story. It merely describes a place, person or event. You should use language to help the reader imagine that they are there. 

 

From the list below, choose five techniques you would want to include in a good piece of descriptive writing.

CORRECT ANSWER
the five senses
similes
metaphors
personification
range of adjectives and adverbs
EDDIE SAYS
In a good piece of descriptive writing you would expect to find:
the five senses, similes, metaphors, personification and a range of adjectives and adverbs.
  • Question 3

What is this an example of?

 

The sky was as grey as slate and the rain fell down like needles quickly filling the puddles.

CORRECT ANSWER
simile
EDDIE SAYS
It is a simile because it compares something to something else using as or like.
  • Question 4

What is this an example of?

 

The sea's fingers clawed at the beach dragging piles of sand and shells into its frothy mouth.

CORRECT ANSWER
personification
EDDIE SAYS
This is an example of personification because it gives human qualities to the sea.
  • Question 5

What is this an example of?

 

The candyfloss clouds bobbed about on the satin silk blue sky.

CORRECT ANSWER
metaphor
EDDIE SAYS
This is a metaphor as it is describing the clouds and sky as if they are something else.
  • Question 6

When using the five senses to describe something, what words are good to use to describe sounds?

CORRECT ANSWER
onomatopoeia
EDDIE SAYS
Onomatopoeia is good to use when describing sounds as the words sound like the sounds they are describing.
  • Question 7

Which onomatopoeia words might you use to describe a busy restaurant kitchen?

Select four from the list below.

CORRECT ANSWER
clatter
sizzle
bang
splash
EDDIE SAYS
You may hear the sounds:
clatter, sizzle, bang and splash.
  • Question 8

When describing what things look like describing colours is important. You need to try and use a variety of words for this.

 

From the list below, select the words that are a shade of red.

CORRECT ANSWER
ruby
scarlet
crimson
cherry
EDDIE SAYS
Shades of red are:
ruby, scarlet, crimson and cherry.
  • Question 9

Select the words below that are shades of the colour blue:

CORRECT ANSWER
azure
sapphire
cyan
cobalt
EDDIE SAYS
Shades of blue are:
azure, sapphire, cyan and cobalt.
  • Question 10

What does an adjective describe?

CORRECT ANSWER
noun
EDDIE SAYS
An adjective describes a noun.
  • Question 11

What does an adverb describe and what letters do they often end in?

CORRECT ANSWER
verb
-ly
EDDIE SAYS
An adverb describes a verb and ends in the letters -ly.
  • Question 12

Do you need to plan a piece of descriptive writing?

CORRECT ANSWER
Yes, it is important to structure your writing.
EDDIE SAYS
Even though there is no narrative to this writing you still need to plan to structure your ideas.
  • Question 13

One way of planning is to use the five senses - have a paragraph for each.

 

What are the five senses?

CORRECT ANSWER
hearing
smell
sight
taste
touch
EDDIE SAYS
The five senses are: hearing, smell, sight, taste, touch.
  • Question 14

If you were asked to describe a train journey, below are some of the ideas you could include. Match the correct idea with its corresponding sense.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

rhythmic clatter of the train
hearing
stale smoke
smell
city suburbs
sight
bitter coffee
taste
soft fabric seats
touch
EDDIE SAYS
rhythmic clatter of the train = hearing
stale smoke = smell
city suburbs = sight
bitter coffee = taste
soft fabric seats = touch
  • Question 15

A different way of planning your answer is to use the zoom in technique. Like a camera you slowly zoom in describing things from big to small. For example, you might describe a street, then a house, then a doorway and finally a cat sitting in the doorway.

 

If you were describing a beach scene and zooming in, in what order would you describe the following things from big to small?

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

1
whole bay
2
small stretch of sand
3
a family under the sun umbrella
4
a child building a sandcastle
5
the shells on the sandcastle
EDDIE SAYS
You would zoom in in the following order, describing a paragraph for each:
1) whole bay
2) small stretch of sand
3) a family under the sun umbrella
4) a child building a sandcastle
5) the shells on the sandcastle
---- OR ----

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