Writing fiction texts – GCSE English Language (2015 onwards)

These have been carefully picked out as the most appropriate for the new GCSE. They include activities to help students produce clear and coherent descriptive or narrative texts, and use language creatively and imaginatively.

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Unseen 19th-century fiction: tasks and exam-style questions
Tasks and activities to help students develop their ability to  … read more
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KS4 | Reading | Writing | Published: 23/04/2018 | From the resource collection(s): Critical reading | Imaginative writing
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Practice exam questions and imaginative writing tasks
A selection of reading practice questions, with extracts, and  … read more
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KS4 | Reading | Writing | Published: 04/12/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Critical reading | Fiction texts | Imaginative writing
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Creating characters in an instant
Creative writing prompt questions using two images as starting  … read more
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KS3 KS4 | Writing | Published: 25/09/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Descriptive writing
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Exam practice questions using an extract from 'The Invisible Man'
Designed for Edexcel Paper 1: Fiction and Imaginative writing,  … read more
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KS4 | Reading | Writing | Published: 11/09/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Critical reading | Descriptive writing
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Shaping stories
Designed for the GCSE narrative writing task, this resource includes  … read more
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KS3 KS4 | Writing | Published: 24/07/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Narrative writing | Structure and paragraphs
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Creative writing picture prompts
A PowerPoint of images for students to practise the option of  … read more
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KS4 | Writing | Published: 07/06/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Descriptive writing
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Giving a character a voice
This resource includes a range of images to help students create  … read more
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KS4 | Writing | Published: 23/11/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Narrative writing
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Impressive imagery
Designed to help students reach the highest grades in descriptive  … read more
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KS4 | Writing | Published: 06/07/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Creative writing (KS4) | Descriptive writing
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Spot the difference!
This resource is designed to help students identify how to make  … read more
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KS4 | Writing | Published: 29/06/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Creative writing (KS4) | Descriptive writing
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Descriptive writing - extreme weather
This PowerPoint models descriptive writing and encourages development  … read more
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KS3 | Writing | Published: 13/04/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Imaginative writing
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Creative writing: setting and atmosphere
Students look closely at effective vocabulary in a range of  … read more
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KS4 | Reading | Published: 23/02/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Critical reading
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Describing a person
Students analyse character descriptions from 'White Teeth' and  … read more
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KS4 | Writing | Published: 05/01/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Creative writing (KS4) | Descriptive writing
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Using capital letters and full stops correctly
A useful worksheet to help students practise their punctuation.  … read more
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KS3 KS4 | Grammar and vocabulary | Published: 08/12/2014 | From the resource collection(s): Punctuation
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Saying more than 'he said' / 'she said'
A number of focused activities that encourage students to be  … read more
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KS4 | Writing | Published: 10/11/2014 | From the resource collection(s): Creative writing (KS4) | Narrative writing
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20 teaching ideas for GCSE writing
20 creative and engaging teaching ideas to help students with  … read more
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KS3 KS4 | Planning and assessment | Published: 27/10/2014 | From the resource collection(s): 20 teaching ideas for ...
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Creating a character
A series of activities that guides students through the process  … read more
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KS4 | Writing | Published: 06/10/2014 | From the resource collection(s): Creative writing (KS4) | Descriptive writing
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Mixing tenses
Students identify where tense changes occur in some excerpts  … read more
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KS3 KS4 | Writing | Published: 19/03/2014 | From the resource collection(s): Creative writing (KS4) | Narrative writing and featured in our teaching pack(s) Creative writing pack
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Complex to simple
Students revisit sentence types and consider how different kinds  … read more
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KS4 | Grammar and vocabulary | Published: 03/03/2014 | From the resource collection(s): Creative writing (KS4) | Sentence construction and featured in our teaching pack(s) Creative writing pack
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Exploring beginnings
Students look at a number of story openings and answer focused  … read more
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KS4 | Writing | Published: 03/03/2014 | From the resource collection(s): Creative writing (KS4) | Narrative writing and featured in our teaching pack(s) Creative writing pack
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Improving descriptive writing
A structured and differentiated resource in which students practise  … read more
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KS4 | Writing | Published: 03/03/2014 | From the resource collection(s): Descriptive writing | Writing to inform, explain, describe and featured in our teaching pack(s) Creative writing pack
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Literacy placemat
A differentiated AFL checklist for writing, which encourages  … read more
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KS3 KS4 | Reading | Published: 13/01/2014 | From the resource collection(s): Transition | AfL | Assessment and revision | Learning mats and featured in our teaching pack(s) Argue and persuade pack | Essay writing
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Writing pyramids
Differentiated pyramids to support students' creative and non-fiction  … read more
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KS4 | Writing | Published: 06/01/2014 | From the resource collection(s): Creative writing (KS4) | Narrative writing
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20 teaching ideas for creative writing
Twenty flexible and dynamic ideas to help kick-start your students'  … read more
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KS3 KS4 KS5 | Planning and assessment | Published: 06/01/2014 | From the resource collection(s): 20 teaching ideas for ...
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Sentence construction dice
A versatile, differentiated set of dice templates, encouraging  … read more
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KS3 KS4 KS5 | Grammar and vocabulary | Published: 21/10/2013 | From the resource collection(s): Sentence construction
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Creative writing with pictures
A set of photos from around the world with various questions  … read more
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KS3 | Writing | Published: 22/04/2013 | From the resource collection(s): Imaginative writing and featured in our teaching pack(s) Creative writing pack
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Descriptive and narrative titles
A selection of titles to prompt both descriptive and narrative  … read more
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KS3 KS4 | Writing | Published: 12/10/2012 | From the resource collection(s): Creative writing (KS4) | Descriptive writing | Narrative writing
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Prompts and re-creations
Ideal for creative writing tasks, this handy collection of i  … read more
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KS4 | Writing | Published: 25/05/2012 | From the resource collection(s): Creative writing (KS4) | Descriptive writing
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Inspiration for descriptive writing
Find inspiration from published extracts to sharpen up writing  … read more
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KS4 | Writing | Published: 08/01/2010 | From the resource collection(s): Descriptive writing | Writing to inform, explain, describe
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Analyse that! Language and structural devices
A good exemplar piece of original writing, this worksheet integrates  … read more
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KS4 | Reading | Published: 18/09/2009 | From the resource collection(s): Creative writing (KS4) | Critical reading
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Shake up your sentences
Vary the word order of sentences to make them more engaging.  … read more
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KS3 KS4 | Grammar and vocabulary | Published: 04/09/2009 | From the resource collection(s): Sentence construction
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Conflict is the key!
A work of fiction is not complete without some sort of conflict.  … read more
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KS4 | Writing | Published: 31/07/2009 | From the resource collection(s): Creative writing (KS4) | Narrative writing
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Point of view
Identify viewpoint and its effects in various examples. Students  … read more
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KS4 | Writing | Published: 17/07/2009 | From the resource collection(s): Creative writing (KS4) | Narrative writing
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Credible characterisation
This resource incorporates a set of photographs and useful chart  … read more
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KS4 | Writing | Published: 15/05/2009 | From the resource collection(s): Creative writing (KS4) | Descriptive writing
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