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English Language GCSE descriptive writing tips

I just wanted to share what I did for my exam. Basically what I did was that I memorised a couple of paragraphs before hand that I could use in any description regardless of what picture/question came up. For example I memorised descriptions for Good weather, bad weather, an old man, a young boy. Then I would structure my description like this:

Start with good/bad weather (I'd highly recommend that you watch this video by Mr Salles Teaches English: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLTZTxpWJBk)

Describe one/two things from the picture (this will ensure you're writing something suggested by the picture)

Describe old man (use an extended metaphor if you can)

Describe young boy (use an extended metaphor if you can)

Describe the old man having a flashback (for e.g. he might fall asleep and start dreaming of the past)

End with the old man describing good/bad weather (if you used good weather at the beginning use bad weather at the end and vice versa)

By ending and starting with the weather you create a cyclical structure. Furthermore by using good/bad weather at the beginning with bad/good at the end you create contrast. By having the old man dream of the past you include a flashback.

NOTE: The exam question always says suggested by the picture which means that you can include stuff (like the paragraphs you've already memorised) too even though they're not in the picture.

Here a link to an example of a descriptive piece using the method above: https://docs.google.com/document/d/13vKL8MDs9yxXWsYVdguGGAmuLDAo4Mzff604vxm2X1o/edit?usp=sharing
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Original post by StudySmartOK
I just wanted to share what I did for my exam. Basically what I did was that I memorised a couple of paragraphs before hand that I could use in any description regardless of what picture/question came up. For example I memorised descriptions for Good weather, bad weather, an old man, a young boy. Then I would structure my description like this:

Start with good/bad weather (I'd highly recommend that you watch this video by Mr Salles Teaches English: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLTZTxpWJBk)

Describe one/two things from the picture (this will ensure you're writing something suggested by the picture)

Describe old man (use an extended metaphor if you can)

Describe young boy (use an extended metaphor if you can)

Describe the old man having a flashback (for e.g. he might fall asleep and start dreaming of the past)

End with the old man describing good/bad weather (if you used good weather at the beginning use bad weather at the end and vice versa)

By ending and starting with the weather you create a cyclical structure. Furthermore by using good/bad weather at the beginning with bad/good at the end you create contrast. By having the old man dream of the past you include a flashback.

NOTE: The exam question always says suggested by the picture which means that you can include stuff (like the paragraphs you've already memorised) too even though they're not in the picture.

Here a link to an example of a descriptive piece using the method above: https://docs.google.com/document/d/13vKL8MDs9yxXWsYVdguGGAmuLDAo4Mzff604vxm2X1o/edit?usp=sharing

thank you sm!!
Original post by StudySmartOK
I just wanted to share what I did for my exam. Basically what I did was that I memorised a couple of paragraphs before hand that I could use in any description regardless of what picture/question came up. For example I memorised descriptions for Good weather, bad weather, an old man, a young boy. Then I would structure my description like this:

Start with good/bad weather (I'd highly recommend that you watch this video by Mr Salles Teaches English: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLTZTxpWJBk)

Describe one/two things from the picture (this will ensure you're writing something suggested by the picture)

Describe old man (use an extended metaphor if you can)

Describe young boy (use an extended metaphor if you can)

Describe the old man having a flashback (for e.g. he might fall asleep and start dreaming of the past)

End with the old man describing good/bad weather (if you used good weather at the beginning use bad weather at the end and vice versa)

By ending and starting with the weather you create a cyclical structure. Furthermore by using good/bad weather at the beginning with bad/good at the end you create contrast. By having the old man dream of the past you include a flashback.

NOTE: The exam question always says suggested by the picture which means that you can include stuff (like the paragraphs you've already memorised) too even though they're not in the picture.

Here a link to an example of a descriptive piece using the method above: https://docs.google.com/document/d/13vKL8MDs9yxXWsYVdguGGAmuLDAo4Mzff604vxm2X1o/edit?usp=sharing

This was super useful thank you!! But the link for the descriptive piece isn't working :frown:
Mr Salles on youtube helped me sooooooooooooooooo much. Check him out!!!

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