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KS3 Creative Writing SOW

KS3 Creative Writing SOW

Subject: English

Age range: 11-14

Resource type: Other

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22 February 2018

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Useful and clear starting point to build on, thank you. Would be great to have more diverse range of author examples (only one woman, all authors are white)

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English Home Learning Tasks KS3

Here are 20 different resources and links for you to continue your English studies. Every Wednesday, your class teacher will direct you towards a particular resource (or page of a booklet) they would like you to focus on. They will tell you this through Google Classroom.

However, if you would like to do an extra resource too, the table attached has lots for you to choose from.

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Creative writing: KS3 homework tasks

Creative writing: KS3 homework tasks

This fun set of five separate homework tasks can be used to build KS3 students' confidence with creative and narrative writing.

With a range of image-inspired creative writing tasks to complete over several weeks at home or as quick writing worksheets in lessons, you'll find carefully scaffolded 'flash' writing activities to build students' writing skills at a sentence level.

The writing activities include a focus on the GCSE assessment objectives A05 and A06, and encourage slow writing techniques to hone their craft as writers and SPaG skills. There's also a word bank to provide support and inspiration for students and to build their vocabulary.

The success criteria for the tasks is also shared with students, who should try to use rhetorical questions, different sentence types and a wide and creative vocabulary.

There's a particular focus on using literary devices, such as personification, similes and metaphors and sensory diction, as well as considering the grammar of sentences to make their writing more varied. This includes using adverbs and present participle verbs to start sentences, and considering how to use more ambitious conjunctions to link compound sentences. 

An example set of homework tasks or lesson activities from this downloadable resource: 

Task 1: Write two sentences about this image using personification (describing an inanimate object using human qualities).

e.g. Her sword was alive with anger.

Task 2: Create two compound sentences about this image using a range of conjunctions.

e.g. Daylight started to fade and a dark, restless night drew in.       

Task 3: Describe the image using a sentence that starts with an adverb.

e.g. Angrily, she raised her sword.

Task 4: Describe this image using your senses.

e.g. The sunlight touched her face, warming her.                                                                                                      

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