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Writing to Describe: A Special Place

In this worksheet, students prepare for the written element of their examination. They will revise some of the features of descriptive writing then plan and write a description of a place that is special to them.

'Writing to Describe: A Special Place ' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 4

Curriculum topic:  Writing

Curriculum subtopic:  Write Accurately, Fluently and Effectively

Difficulty level:  

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Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

This activity is designed to help prepare you for the descriptive writing you will be asked to do for your GCSE.

 

You will revise the features of descriptive writing then plan and write an extended piece that describes a place that is special to you.

Now you are going to revise the features of descriptive writing.

 

Match the linguistic devices below to the correct example which uses each. 

Column A

Column B

Use a range of interesting adjectives
'The waves smashed onto the shore as a seagull scr...
Use metaphors to describe something as something e...
'The pale, full moon shone over the racing, angry ...
Use adverbs to tell the reader how something is do...
'The seagull screeched. Silence. In the light of t...
Use similes to compare something to something else...
'The dog walked slowly and unsteadily down the bea...
Use onomatopoeia to help describe sounds
'The smell of the sea filled the beach, mingling w...
Use alliteration to create an impact
'The forgotten sandwich wrappers blew down the bea...
Use a range of sentence structures - try to mix lo...
'The dreary, desolate, depressing beach'
Use the five senses
'The grey sea was a dog, biting chunks out of the ...

How many different descriptive techniques can you remember?

 

List as many as you can. Can you remember all 8?

Now you are going to plan your piece of writing describing a place that is special to you.

You may wish to plan it around the five senses, adding words and phrases that use some of the descriptive techniques. 

 

Spend no more than 10 minutes on this plan.

Now write your descriptive piece.

You should do this under exam conditions and take no more than 20 minutes. 

 

Remember all the descriptive techniques we have revised. The more you can use, the better your mark will be.

 

You can refer to your plan by pressing the 'Previous' button to go back.

  • Question 1

Now you are going to revise the features of descriptive writing.

 

Match the linguistic devices below to the correct example which uses each. 

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

Use a range of interesting adject...
'The pale, full moon shone over t...
Use metaphors to describe somethi...
'The grey sea was a dog, biting c...
Use adverbs to tell the reader ho...
'The dog walked slowly and unstea...
Use similes to compare something ...
'The forgotten sandwich wrappers ...
Use onomatopoeia to help describe...
'The waves smashed onto the shore...
Use alliteration to create an imp...
'The dreary, desolate, depressing...
Use a range of sentence structure...
'The seagull screeched. Silence. ...
Use the five senses
'The smell of the sea filled the ...
EDDIE SAYS
If you did not match any of these correctly then take some time to look up the definitions for each of these devices now, before you start writing.
Perhaps take some time to create your own examples which use each of these devices.
  • Question 2

How many different descriptive techniques can you remember?

 

List as many as you can. Can you remember all 8?

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Give one mark for each of the following:

Adjectives

Adverbs

Metaphors

Similes

Onomatopoeia

Alliteration

Variety of sentences, mixing short and long

Five senses

  • Question 3

Now you are going to plan your piece of writing describing a place that is special to you.

You may wish to plan it around the five senses, adding words and phrases that use some of the descriptive techniques. 

 

Spend no more than 10 minutes on this plan.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Check that the student has provided a detailed plan, which shows their introduction, conclusion and main body paragraphs. Award one mark for this.
  • Question 4

Now write your descriptive piece.

You should do this under exam conditions and take no more than 20 minutes. 

 

Remember all the descriptive techniques we have revised. The more you can use, the better your mark will be.

 

You can refer to your plan by pressing the 'Previous' button to go back.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Apply the following GCSE style mark scheme on a best fit basis. 9 – 10 Marks: • The student communicates ideas effectively and engages the reader with detailed description. • The student uses a range of linguistic features such as metaphors, similes and alliteration to make their writing interesting. • The student uses ambitious vocabulary and spells complex words correctly. • Paragraphs are used correctly and they use a range of different types of sentences with varied punctuation. 5 – 8 Marks: • The student communicates their ideas and uses some detailed description. • The student uses some of linguistic features such as metaphors, similes and alliteration to make their writing interesting. • The student attempts to use some ambitious vocabulary and spells some complex words accurately. • There is an attempt at correct paragraphing and sentences are mainly punctuated correctly with an attempt at varied punctuation. 1-4 Marks: • There is limited communication of ideas and little description. • The student uses very few linguistic features such as metaphors, similes and alliteration to make their writing interesting. • There is limited vocabulary and few complex words are spelt accurately. • There are no paragraphs and punctuation is often incorrect.
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