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Writing to Describe: A Street Scene

In this worksheet, students revise some of the features of descriptive writing then plan and write a description of a street under exam conditions.

'Writing to Describe: A Street Scene' 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.

 

 

You are going to produce a piece of writing that describes a street. You can decide whether it is a busy street in the daytime or an empty street at night. Look at these images of streets to help 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 leaves crunched under his feet as he left the...
Use adverbs to tell the reader how something is do...
'The pale, full moon shone over the quiet, desolat...
Use metaphors to describe something as something e...
'The man walked slowly and unsteadily down the roa...
Use similes to compare something to something else...
'The cat screeched. Silence. In the light of the e...
Use onomatopoeia to help describe sounds
'The soldier streetlamps stood on parade guarding ...
Use alliteration to create an impact
'The dreary, desolate, depressing street'
Use a range of sentence structures - try to mix lo...
'The smell of cooking wafted onto the street, ming...
Use the five senses
'The rubbish blew down the road like forgotten con...

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 street either in the daytime or at night.

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 adverbs to tell the reader ho...
'The man walked slowly and unstea...
Use metaphors to describe somethi...
'The soldier streetlamps stood on...
Use similes to compare something ...
'The rubbish blew down the road l...
Use onomatopoeia to help describe...
'The leaves crunched under his fe...
Use alliteration to create an imp...
'The dreary, desolate, depressing...
Use a range of sentence structure...
'The cat screeched. Silence. In t...
Use the five senses
'The smell of cooking wafted onto...
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 street either in the daytime or at night.

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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