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How to tell tales 3: Painting pictures with words

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By Antony LishakLiteracy Time PLUS Writer-in-residence

In this third part of our How to tell tales series, by Literacy Time PLUS Writer-in-residence, Antony Lishak, we focus on descriptive writing and how to use it to make your story writing more interesting.

These teachers’ notes refer to the guided reading leaflet , ‘How to tell tales 3’.

How to tell tales 3

Here Antony suggests some ways to introduce and follow up the reading of the leaflet with your class.

Before reading

As in most aspects of storytelling, when looking at description it’s useful for children to see the link between verbal and written language. Stress that the immediacy of speech provides a greater incentive to use descriptive language – because you are aware of the effect your words have on your listener straight away. Writing, by its very nature, is more detached – so it’s important to remind children that they are not just filling up blank sheets of paper with ink and that someone else is going to read their words. (Their target audience.)

Sentence modelling

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