Changing the Subject: Grammar and Descriptive Writing


The context

Coursework time is here, and I’ve just embarked on a descriptive writing piece with my year 11 class. In total, they’ll produce three pieces of writing, the aim being to demonstrate they can adapt and shape their writing to suit a variety of styles and purposes. The descriptive writing piece is perhaps the most familiar style to the students, yet one of the most difficult to master.

One of the main problems my class was having with this task was developing their narrative voices. We’d done a lot of work discussing the pitfalls and benefits of writing in the first person, as well as discussing whether writing in the first person meant we were writing from our own perspectives. But, even after a lot of thought about these questions, the majority of students unsurprisingly opted for imagining themselves in whatever scene or setting they were describing. Maybe another…

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