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1st Edition

Descriptosaurus: Ghost Stories

ISBN 9781138858732
Published September 9, 2015 by Routledge
294 Pages

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Book Description

Descriptosaurus: Ghost Stories builds on the vocabulary and descriptive phrases introduced in the original bestselling Descriptosaurus and, within the context of ghost stories, develops the structure and use of the words and phrases to promote colourful cinematic writing. This essential guide will enable children to take their writing to the next level, combine their descriptions of setting and character and show how the two interact. Children can then experiment with their own ghost stories, armed with the skills, techniques and vocabulary necessary to describe their ghostly scenes in a way that allows the reader to feel the characters’ fear and visualise the source of their terror within the setting.

This new system also provides a contextualised alternative to grammar textbooks and will assist children in acquiring, understanding and applying the grammar they will need to improve their writing, both creative and technical.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: How to write a ghost story

  • Key elements
  • The Ghost
  • The Setting
  • Atmosphere
  • Character interaction (movement)
  • Character reaction
  • Suspense

Chapter 2: Structure of a ghost story

  • Beginning of the mystery
  • Hero has a ghostly encounter
  • A scary experience
  • Another ghostly encounter
  • Key point in the story – a revelation
  • Hero is in danger
  • Ending

Chapter 3: Ghostly Vocabulary

Chapter 4: SIR extracts (Setting, Interaction, Reaction)

Chapter 5: Connectives

Chapter 6: Adverbs

Chapter 7: Reading list

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Alison Wilcox has extensive teaching experience in schools in England and Scotland. Colleagues describe her methods as ‘innovative and inspirational to even the most reluctant of writers'.


"Both the books are exceptionally easy to use; it’s easy to find what you need – and if you are just looking for inspiration but don’t quite know where to start, just dip in, you will be amazed. Teachers looking for ideas for displays to encourage writing and to extend vocabulary will find the book brimful of ideas. […] Creative writing can be a challenge for some children, but with these books to hand, teachers can really enthuse their children and get some great results." Parents in Touch