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Creative Writing Workshop

In this post, I’ll be sharing the resources used by Miss Pickup at the recent Easter revision session (Monday 12th April).

You can download the resources to use for your revision and to help you practice creative writing in preparation for your language paper 1 exam.

The powerpoint below gives you some example creative writing questions and a helpful list of tips and advice.

Revision Task One:

Download, read and answer the questions on this sheet:

Task 1 Analysis The Perfect Storm

This is a really interesting example of descriptive writing which should give you a really good idea about how to write descriptively.

Revision Task Two:

One of the most crucial elements of creative writing is sentence variety, and being able to write using a variety of sentence structures and types.

Use the document below to practice writing interesting sentences. You could take one simple, dull sentence and try rewriting it in several ways. Or, try to write different sentences using the different structures given:

Task 2 Sentence Upgrades Paper 1 Jumbo

Final Revision Task:

Have a go at a past paper question. Remember to think carefully about how you plan and structure your ideas. Use the ‘sentences upgrade’ sheet to help you write a variety of sentences. Also, check the slides for some key tips:

Main Task The Question for Today Pollution Theme

 

Romeo and Juliet: Understanding the Exam

For Romeo and Juliet, you will be asked an essay question based on the themes or characters in the text. This means, you have to develop an in-depth knowledge of the whole play. You could be asked about fate, love, violence, Tybalt, Juliet, Friar Laurence. Any character or theme could be part of the exam.

The good news is, you will always have an extract to start from. So, a large part of your answer can include analysing this extract and exploring the extract in relation to the question.

Have a look at this example:

Romeo and Juliet conflict Question

In this question, the main theme you are being asked to discuss is ‘conflict’ and have an excellent extract to start from. The question is deliberately very open, and there are lots of different ways you could approach it. This means there is no one ‘correct’ answer.

You could get full marks discussing:

  • Juliet’s conflict with her family.
  • The violence between the Montagues and Capulets.
  • The conflict between parents and children.
  • The deaths of Tybalt, Mercutio and Paris.
  • The conflict between individuals like Romeo and Juliet and what society expects of them.

What the examiners want you to demonstrate is an in depth knowledge of the play and the ability to explore interesting ideas. Remembering some quotes will certainly help, but these can even be individual words.

Why not have a go at the essay? Start by making a mind-map of every part of the play that links to conflict. Which type of conflict would you focus on? What quotes might you learn to help you?