1st Edition

Descriptosaurus Story Writing
Language in Action for Ages 5–9

  • Available for pre-order. Item will ship after November 29, 2020
ISBN 9780367559113
November 29, 2020 Forthcoming by Routledge
410 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations

USD $31.95

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Book Description

Descriptosaurus Story Writing provides a resource for younger pupils that will not only expand their descriptive vocabulary but also provide them with models that demonstrate ‘language in action’, in a genre that is popular and familiar to children ages 5-9. Providing the essential building blocks to create a narrative text, alongside contexualised banks of vocabulary, phrases and sentence types this book is designed to provide young pupils with the opportunity to see how a text is constructed using words, phrases and sentences. This exciting new resource:

  • Provides vocabulary for setting, character, ‘show not tell’ and sensory descriptions with clearly defined progression

  • Demonstrates how to use this vocabulary in different contexts using set sentence structures

  • Offers four model narratives written in different styles and level of difficulty

  • Presents modelled sentences with exercises so that pupils can expand their vocabulary

  • Enables young pupils to develop their understanding of how sentences are constructed and become more confident about using these skills in their own story writing.

This is an ideal resource to dramatically improve children’s knowledge and understanding of language, grammar and punctuation for all KS1 and KS2 primary English teachers, literacy coordinators and parents. This easily accessible guide will also be helpful for teachers to use in preparation for SPAG alongside a creative writing task.

Table of Contents

Introduction  How to use this book  PART 1 – SETTINGS Landscapes  1. Forest and woods  2. Mountains  3. Sea and Oceans  4. Islands and Beaches  5. Caves  6. Modern Street  7. Sounds  8. Smells  9. Touch  10. Sun  11. Wind  12. Rain  13. Thunder and Lightning  PART 2 – CHARACTERS  14. Appearance  15. Personality (Heroes)  16. Animals (Heroes)  17. Personality (Villains)  18. Animals (Villains)  19. Defeating a Villain  20. Dialogue  PART 3 – RESOURCES FOR ‘LANGUAGE IN ACTION’ 21. The Ninjabread Girl  22. Modelled Sentences  23. Innovating Sentences Model  24. Coordination & Subordination  25. Captain Moody  26. Modelled Sentences  27. Innovating Sentences Model  28. Coordination & Subordination  29. Ruby Red  30. Modelled Sentences  31. Innovating Sentences Model  32. Coordination & Subordination  33. Jack and the Crystal Fang  34. Modelled Sentences  35. Innovating Sentences Model  36. Coordination & Subordination  PART 4 – TEMPLATES  1. Plot Outline  2. Scene Outline  3. Collecting Descriptive Words and Phrases  4. Sentence Parts and Structure  5. Stretching a Sentence  6. Experimenting with Vocabulary and Sentences.

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Alison Wilcox is a Law and Economics graduate from Cardiff University, who worked as a primary school teacher for many years. Whilst teaching, she developed Descriptosaurus to scaffold and improve children’s creative writing, with dramatic results and made the decision to give up full-time teaching to work on the Descriptosaurus series. To keep up to date with current practices in schools, Alison undertakes brief teaching assignments, works with schools to develop new resources and conducts workshops for schools and teaching alliances.

Adam Bushnell was a primary school teacher and is now a published author of both fiction and academia. He has fifteen books published for children and six books published for teachers on the teaching of writing. He works as a ‘visiting author’ in the UK and internationally delivering writing workshops for primary school aged children. He also offers CPD for schools and delivers keynote speeches at conferences about reading and writing in education.