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Cambridge IGCSE English Language Creative Writing

Paul Merrell | Monday February 09, 2015

Categories: KS4, Cambridge iGCSE, Cambridge iGCSE English, 9-1 IGCSE, 9-1 IGCSE English Language , IGCSE English Language CIE 0990, Hot Entries, Writing, Creative Writing, Descriptive Writing, Narrative Writing

Associated Resources

  • Senses Grid.docx
  • Nighthawks Writing Frame.doc

Lesson One: Constructing Descriptive Sentences

Learning Objectives

By the end of the lesson students will be able to:

  • To be able to make use of the five senses
  • To be able to develop the opening of a descriptive piece

Starter Activity

Display Edward Hopper’s Night Hawks to the class.

Students have a few minutes to come up with as many adjectives that describe this scene as possible. Take feedback on the board - highlighting particularly effective choices. Explain that describing a picture is going to be the focus of our Assignment 2 Coursework.

First Activity

Hand out the Senses Grid in Associated Resources (at the start of this resource) explaining how the use of these features is one of the most powerful ways of making descriptive writing work. The students should create some sentences about ‘Nighthawks’ using the five senses. Draw attention to how the adjectives on the board could be used in filling in the sentences in this grid. This may take between 15 and 20 minutes.

It is worth noting, purely for your own piece of mind, that unlike other examination boards, CIE is perfectly happy with a purely descriptive task. Indeed, the idea for this lesson came from a consideration of their Syllabus where they note a good task would be: “a detailed description of the people who frequent a local shop, and the atmosphere of the shop.?

Second Activity

Explain the nature of the coursework for Assignment 2 - to create a 500-800 word description of a picture. We are going to use ‘Nighthawks’ as a starting point, but that students can choose their own picture if they so wish. This piece can be written in either the first or third person - but today we are going to practise first person.

Pupils use the Nighthawks Writing Frame in Associated Resources to create the opening 100 words of a description of ‘Nighthawks’. You should imagine walking down the street,...


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