Teaching students to follow a structure when being creative is something I try to avoid – the last thing I want to do is put a limit on their creativity.
However, there is a trend when students are marked on descriptive writing (like in section B of paper 1 of the AQA Language exam) for them to lose marks because they’re telling a story.
Sometimes these stories are interesting and worthwhile, but more often the story is prioritised over the description and a student’s mark suffers.
I’ve created these ‘descriptive writing structure strips’ to focus students’ paragraphs on a different part of the stimulus. This pulls them away from trying to tell me a story and simply focuses their writing on beautiful description.
There is, of course, a time for writing creative stories – but it is essential students can write descriptively when needed.
Would you find this useful with your students?
How do you get students to structure interesting description using images as a stimulus?