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Descriptosaurus: Supporting Creative Writing for Ages 8–14 Hardcover – 16 November 2017
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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.
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I don't see how useful it actually is. It is basially a thesaurus. pages and pages of adjectives (for the most part) under different headings, such as appearance (subheadings for hair, feet, etc).
The resources - what resources? I registered and logged on for the companion website only to find electronic versions of the book pages!
Feel a bit conned.
I wrote that last year. During lockdown, this proved to be invaluable. My 9 yo son found prolonged isolation really difficult, and remote writing assignments on a computer even harder. The book helped him with writing ideas, and to improve his writing using adjectives. He got glowing praise from his teacher. My son used the ideas and dictated, and I did the typing to help him out.