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Published: 13/08/2019
KS3 KS4 | Writing
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First and last paragraphs - what comes in between? Creative writing

Students are given the first and last paragraphs from pieces of fiction writing. The tasks take the form of narratives or descriptions. 

They could either write the missing middle section or write a brief plan for the missing paragraphs. Students could also select which piece they want to tackle: there are eight to choose from.

These paragraphs could also be used for modelling fiction writing. Suitable for KS3 or as preparation for the GCSE writing tasks. 

Sample content

Here are the first and last paragraphs of a piece of fiction writing. Cut them out and stick them on a page in your book.

What could you write in between? Which language devices could you use?

Write a description of a precious possession, a favourite toy or a pet.

My father’s desk is a thing of beauty. I’ve always admired it. Its style may be considered a little outdated, but I love it and I don’t particularly care for what’s ‘in’ and what’s ‘out’. It’s pretty unspectacular at first glance and typically 1970s: pinewood and functional. But there’s something extraordinary about it.

Over time these possessions become even more precious. They’re our connection with the past; they give us a sense of history or belonging. I suppose that’s why we keep them polished and loved.


See other resources: Descriptive writing | Narrative writing | Planning | Structure and paragraphs

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Bharat Keshwara
Bharat Keshwara
Excellent resource that really helps students to develop their writing for GCSE language exams.
Posted on 31st October 2019
Bev Gibbens
Bev Gibbens
A useful resource to practise writing. Learners often struggle to formulate a beginning and conclusion so having these to begin with will hopefully encourage them to focus on the content of their writing tasks.
Posted on 28th September 2019
Cerys Slatter
Cerys Slatter
An excellent resource for providing structure to reluctant writers. Thank you.
Posted on 5th September 2019
Grace Nsubuga
Grace Nsubuga
A brilliant resource!
Posted on 5th September 2019

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