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AQA GCSE Unit 3b: Creative Writing Teacher’s Guide

Sarah Mellor | Tuesday April 15, 2014

Categories: KS4, AQA GCSE, Hot Entries, Writing, Creative Writing, AQA English, Unit 3 Creative Texts, AQA English Language , Unit 3 Understanding Texts and Creative Writing

AQA GCSE Unit 3b: Creative Writing (Descriptive) Teacher Notes

Associated Resources

Character Description Task.docx
Scene Images Prompts.docx
Descriptive Writing Grid.docx

Introduction

The resources contained in this teaching pack are designed for students studying GCSE English (focused on the AQA Boards Specification but easily adaptable for all other GCSE English specifications). The resources are designed specifically for struggling students, including those of lower ability and including those with specific Special Educational Needs. The exam board’s only differentiation concession is to create a Higher and Foundation Tier paper each series; they do not specifically cater to students who struggle to access the basics in English – so we face a dilemma.

Do we stick to teaching only the basics, and then wonder why our lower ability students fail in their exams? Or do we teach them more specifically the vocabulary they need to know and how to use it effectively?

The various sections in this guide, ‘Descriptive Writing – The Basics’, ‘Descriptive Writing – Improving work’ and ‘Descriptive Writing – Identifying Assessment Objectives’ are designed to enable students with visual stress and dyslexia to read the information more easily, but the information contained in this guide should always be taught in conjunction with discussions and example creation.

How and When to Use the Resources in this Unit

Start the unit with the students using Descriptive Writing – The Basics below. This will allow them to begin to understand the different styles of descriptive writing and how this type of writing is similar to and yet different from narrative writing (of which it is, of course, an important aspect).

I would then introduce the additional tasks (see related resources) ‘Character Description Task’, ‘Scene Images and Prompts’ and then ‘Descriptive Writing – Improving Work’ below; these have worked well...


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