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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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