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AQA GCSE Unit 3b Guide to Creative Writing: Descriptive

Sarah Mellor | Wednesday January 22, 2014

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

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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 PowerPoints in this Unit, ‘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.

Associated Resources

  • Descriptive Writing - The Basics.pptx
  • Descriptive Writing - The Basics.docx
  • Character Description Task.docx
  • Scene Images and Prompts.docx
  • Descriptive Writing -Improving Work.pptx
  • Descriptive Writing Grid.docx
  • Descriptive Writing - Identifying Assessment Objectives.pptx
  • Descriptive Writing -Identifying Assessment Objectives.docx
  • Controlled Assessment Plan.docx

How and When to Use the Resources in this Unit

  1. Start the unit with the students using Descriptive Writing – The Basics (PowerPoint or Word Doc). 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...

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