3rd Edition

Descriptosaurus Supporting Creative Writing for Ages 8–14

By Alison Wilcox Copyright 2018
    330 Pages 227 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    Now in a fully updated third edition, Descriptosaurus is the first book for creative writing that is a thematic expansion of a dictionary and a thesaurus; it provides children with a comprehensive resource with which to expand their descriptive vocabulary, experiment with language and sentence structure and build up narratives based around settings, characters and creatures.

    Descriptosaurus positions the word, zooms in on it to examine the meaning, expands it into phrases, and then provides alternatives in words, phrases and sentences; the model was created and refined over a number of years as a result of feedback from children inside and outside the classroom as to the resources they required to inspire and assist them with their writing. For reluctant writers or those faced with blank page syndrome, it provides essential starting points to encourage putting pen to paper, not only inspiring children, but also building their confidence, encouraging them to use, apply and create using the correct grammatical structures, and adding colour to their writing through evaluation and experimentation.

    New features for this updated third edition include:

    • Sample poems
    • Word banks and model sentences to provide a step-by-step process for development of vocabulary and understanding of phrase, clause and sentence structure
    • Contextualised grammar and punctuation instruction and guidance
    • Units of work where the models can be incorporated in a creative focus
    • A companion website containing all the features of the book, games, planning sheets and vocabulary builders

    This is an ideal resource to dramatically improve children’s creative writing for all KS2 primary and KS3 secondary English teachers, literacy coordinators and parents. It would also make an excellent classroom book for PGCE students, particularly Primary PGCE with English specialism.

    Part 1 – Settings  Chapter 1: Forest and Woods  Chapter 2: Mountains  Chapter 3: Caves  Chapter 4: Beaches, islands, volcanoes and deserts  Chapter 5: Ground and Paths  Chapter 6: Streams, Rivers, Lakes and Waterfalls  Chapter 7: Sea and Waves  Chapter 8: Cities, towns and villages  Chapter 9: Roads  Chapter 10: Gardens  Chapter 11: Buildings  Chapter 12: Doors, halls, corridors and stairs  Chapter 13: Rooms  Chapter 14: Time of day  Chapter 15: Seasons  Chapter 16: Rain, mist and fog  Chapter 17: Wind, thunder and lightning  Chapter 18: Smell and touch  Chapter 19: Sound  Part 2 – Characters  Chapter 20: Age, height and shape  Chapter 21: Face  Chapter 22: Eyes  Chapter 23: Mouth, teeth, nose and ears  Chapter 24: Hands and fingers  Chapter 25: Hair and facial hair  Chapter 26: Clothes  Chapter 27: Voice  Chapter 28: Excited, happy  Chapter 29: Concentrating, determined  Chapter 30: Sympathetic, caring  Chapter 31: Relieved  Chapter 32: Angry, irritated, aggressive, impatient  Chapter 33: Cold, evil, arrogant, sly  Chapter 34: Frightened, timid  Chapter 35: Nervous, embarrassed, shy  Chapter 36: Sad, miserable  Chapter 37: Tired  Chapter 38: Pain  Part 3 – Creatures  Chapter 39: Parts, size, shape, colour and covering  Chapter 40: Head  Chapter 41: Eyes  Chapter 42: Arms and legs  Chapter 43: Wings and tails  Chapter 44: Smell and sound  Chapter 45: Movement  Chapter 46: Habitat  Chapter 47: Abilities and actions  Chapter 48: Weapons and destruction  Part 4 – Additional Vocabulary  Chapter 49: Adverbs  Chapter 50: Connectives  Part 5 – Grammar in a Creative Context  Chapter 51: Poetry  Chapter 52: Modelled Sentences  Chapter 53: Action Frames  Chapter 54: Setting, interaction and reaction


    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'.