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Published: 27/08/2019
KS3 | Prose | Writing
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'Door into a magical world' creative writing task

Students write their own story about a door into a magical world, following a series of ideas and prompts.

Could be used during the study of the novel Northern Lights by Phillip Pullman or as a stand-alone lesson. Includes helpful teacher notes with a list of novels that use the door/portal plot device. 

The writing task

3. Write a story where you imagine that you (or a character) have found a hidden door into a magical world. This could be the world of Northern Lights or a world of your own imagining. You could use the images from the last activity as inspiration.
  • Describe the room or place in the ‘real’ world in detail before moving on to describe the hidden door or portal.
  • Then describe your journey through the door and the world that you find on the other side.
  • Then continue the story …

See other resources: Descriptive writing | Imaginative writing | Northern Lights by Philip Pullman

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The children in my class loved this activity - once they started thinking about the portal stories they read, they had plenty of ideas!
Posted on 23rd November 2020
Amanda Hoynes
Amanda Hoynes
My home educated daughter loved this activity and it inspired her to create two fantastic pieces of creative writing. Great resource, thank you.
Posted on 23rd September 2019

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