What makes good descriptive writing?

Sensory Description This is another great tool that will help you to establish sense of place and sensory description: here Imagery Imagery is a powerful tool in a writer's arsenal. Whether you decide to make explicit comparisons (through simile) or implicit comparisons (through metaphor), you can draw upon a range of connotation already held by [...]

Dystopian Creative Writing: The Night

Here is an wonderful exemplar of creative writing based on the conventions of Dystopia. This is a student piece written by Maryam Saad. Thank you for sharing your writing “Tell me.” The little girl whispered, curling up in her mother’s embrace. “About when the world was normal.” She sighed, looking down at her grimy face. [...]

Dystopian Creative Writing: The Room

Here is an excellent exemplar of creative writing based on the conventions of Dystopia. This is a student piece written by Mohamed Zakaria bin Mohamed Said. It is entitled, 'The Room'. Thank you for sharing your writing. The Room The small dull-grey clock read 8:30am. I rise from the simple white linen and I look [...]

Creative Writing: Dystopian Narratives

A short unit dedicated to Dystopian Literature; applying analytical skills to extracts from Dystopian texts then using them as stimulus for re-creative writing of the same genre. What makes good descriptive writing? Creative Writing - Knowledge OrganiserDownload Creative Writing Knowledge Organiser @awaken_english Our concept board for scintillating sentences https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWCGK4nneeU&t=354s Student Exemplars Dystopian Creative Writing: The [...]

Epic Narratives

A unit dedicated to Myths and Legends; exploring how epic narratives are formed and how we can use our creative writing skills to create epic narratives of our own. What makes good descriptive writing? Creative Writing - Knowledge OrganiserDownload Creative Writing Knowledge Organiser @awaken_english Here is our list of Tier 2 vocabulary for this unit, [...]

National Day at Al Ain Academy

National Day at Al Ain Academy

You are on a mission. Each QR code that you scan will take you to a different activity or task linked to the four themes of National Day. Your final goal is to create a SparkVideo cataloguing your acheivements at each stage and highlighting your learning around these themes. Each project will be different depending [...]

World Book Day: What we are planning

World Book Day: What we are planning

World Book Day is an exciting time of year, when teachers have settled comfortably into the routine of the year and new classes but before the pressure ramps up with summer exams. It is an opportunity to let your creativity out and let your bookishness reign. Our school included in their calendar this year a [...]

‘Progress Packs’ and How We Use Them

‘Progress Packs’ and How We Use Them

In 2013 I started as an NQT in a new-build academy in a largely young and adventurous English department. Much of my practice was shaped by my time there and one of the best creations which I have taken to other schools has been our ‘Progress Pack’. A somewhat gimmicky title coined by my HOD [...]