Descriptosaurus: Supporting Creative Writing for Ages 8-14

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Reviews of the first edition

"This book is a treasure trove of descriptive language... Highly recommended for both teachers and parents. I wish I’d had a copy of this book when I was a full time English teacher! Invest in a copy today; you’ll be glad you did."

Sue Cowley, bestselling author, teacher and teacher trainer

"Help to banish 'blank page syndrome' for ever, with this innovative book... Created by teacher, Alison Wilcox, this ...

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Overview

Reviews of the first edition

"This book is a treasure trove of descriptive language... Highly recommended for both teachers and parents. I wish I’d had a copy of this book when I was a full time English teacher! Invest in a copy today; you’ll be glad you did."

Sue Cowley, bestselling author, teacher and teacher trainer

"Help to banish 'blank page syndrome' for ever, with this innovative book... Created by teacher, Alison Wilcox, this inspirational book will build children's confidence in their writing ability."

Literacy Times Plus

"A real ‘godsend’ to hard-pressed teachers, parents and pupils."

Denis Hayes, author of Foundations of Primary Teaching

Reviews of the second edition

‘...the addition of the CD is perfect for the modern day classroom... fantastic!’

Emma Palastanga, primary deputy head

‘The... book/CD, will be so helpful to teachers who are struggling to think of different ways to say things and will enhance their planning and teaching. As a classroom resource it will be invaluable.’

Elaine Smitheman, primary school teacher

Now available with a CD-ROM for classroom use, 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 the following areas: Settings – landscapes, settlements and atmosphere, Characters – appearance, emotions and personality, and Creatures – appearance, abilities and habitats.

New features for the second edition include:

  • IWB compatible CD-ROM containing all the main elements of the book
  • New VCOP coverage
  • Expanded coverage of adverbs and connectives
  • New planning sheets to help children organise and structure descriptions
  • Character cards, games and mountain pyramid vocabulary builders

The Descriptosaurus 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. Using Descriptosaurus will not only inspire children, it will build their confidence and dramatically improve the content of their writing.

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

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Editorial Reviews

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'Written with great clarity, creativity and a true understanding of what stimulates and engages the minds of children, Descriptosaurus is an essential resource for pupils, parents and professionals alike. This book is set to influence all who use it and create a generation of new young writers.' - Francine Oddoye, Deputy Head Teacher, Clifton Hall School, Scotland

'I think Descriptosaurus is a great book. Using it has really improved my writing. I can remember lots of the phrases and I now enjoy writing because I’m not stuck for ideas or words. I have also learnt how to use more interesting words as I can see how they can be used in phrases and sentences and these have inspired me to think up my own ideas.' - Jamie Stewart (Aged 11)

'I have used Descriptosaurus as a teaching tool to improve descriptive writing. This has been very successful as it has given the children and me another technique to work with. It has particularly opened the children’s eyes to another side of descriptive language and allowed them to raise the standard of their writing.' - Katherine Vacher, Barfield School

'This book is a treasure trove of descriptive language. Alison Wilcox provides teachers and parents with an array of words, phrases and sentences to use to help children develop their writing. You could use the images in this book as a starting point for creative writing, as an inspiration for stories and poems, or as a ‘dip in’ resource for when you’re short of ideas. Highly recommended for both teachers and parents. I wish I’d had a copy of this book when I was a full time English teacher! Invest in a copy today; you’ll be glad you did.' - Sue Cowley

'Help to banish 'blank page syndrome' for ever, with this innovative book - a thematic expansion of a dictionary and a thesaurus. It offers children a way of adding detail, depth and colour to their creative writing - providing descriptive phrases and sentences they can use in their narrative. Created by teacher, Alison Wilcox, this inspirational book will build children's confidence in their writing ability.' - Literacy Times Plus

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415640862
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/9/2013
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 272

Meet the Author

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'.

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Table of Contents

1 Forests and woods; 2 Mountains; 3 Caves; 4 Beaches, islands, volcanoes and deserts; 5 Ground and paths; 6 Streams, rivers, lakes and waterfalls; 7 Sea and waves; 8 Cities, towns and villages; 9 Roads; 10 Gardens; 11 Buildings; 12 Doors, halls, corridors and stairs; 13 Rooms; 14 Time of day; 15 Seasons; 16 Rain, mist and fog; 17 Wind, thunder and lightning; 18 Smell and touch; 19 Sound; 20 Age, height and shape; 21 Face; 22 Eyes; 23 Mouth, teeth, nose and ears; 24 Hands and fingers; 25 Hair and facial hair; 26 Clothes; 27 Voice; 28 Excited, happy; 29 Concentrating, determined; 30 Sympathetic, caring; 31 Relieved; 32 Angry, aggressive, irritated, impatient; 33 Cold, evil, sly, arrogant; 34 Scared, frightened, timid; 35 Nervous, shy, embarrassed; n36 Sad, miserable; 37 Tired; 38 Pain; 39 Parts, size, shape, colour and covering; 40 Head; 41 Eyes; 42 Arms and legs; 43 Wings and tails; 44 Smell and sound; 45 Movement; 46 Habitat; 47 Abilities and actions; 48 Weapons and Destruction; 49 Adverbs; 50 Connectives; 51 Planning sheets

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