Descriptosaurus: Supporting Creative Writing for Ages 8-14

Author(s): Alison Wilcox (School writer and researcher, UK)


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 building their confience, 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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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'.

Part 1 - Settings Chapter 1: Forest and Woods Chapter 2: Mountains Chapter 3: Caves Chapter 4: Beaches, islands, volcanoes and deserts Chapter 5: Ground and Paths Chapter 6: Streams, Rivers, Lakes and Waterfalls Chapter 7: Sea and Waves Chapter 8: Cities, towns and villages Chapter 9: Roads Chapter 10: Gardens Chapter 11: Buildings Chapter 12: Doors, halls, corridors and stairs Chapter 13: Rooms Chapter 14: Time of day Chapter 15: Seasons Chapter 16: Rain, mist and fog Chapter 17: Wind, thunder and lightning Chapter 18: Smell and touch Chapter 19: Sound Part 2 - Characters Chapter 20: Age, height and shape Chapter 21: Face Chapter 22: Eyes Chapter 23: Mouth, teeth, nose and ears Chapter 24: Hands and fingers Chapter 25: Hair and facial hair Chapter 26: Clothes Chapter 27: Voice Chapter 28: Excited, happy Chapter 29: Concentrating, determined Chapter 30: Sympathetic, caring Chapter 31: Relieved Chapter 32: Angry, irritated, aggressive, impatient Chapter 33: Cold, evil, arrogant, sly Chapter 34: Frightened, timid Chapter 35: Nervous, embarrassed, shy Chapter 36: Sad, miserable Chapter 37: Tired Chapter 38: Pain Part 3 - Creatures Chapter 39: Parts, size, shape, colour and covering Chapter 40: Head Chapter 41: Eyes Chapter 42: Arms and legs Chapter 43: Wings and tails Chapter 44: Smell and sound Chapter 45: Movement Chapter 46: Habitat Chapter 47: Abilities and actions Chapter 48: Weapons and destruction Part 4 - Additional Vocabulary Chapter 49: Adverbs Chapter 50: Connectives Part 5 - Grammar in a Creative Context Chapter 51: Poetry Chapter 52: Modelled Sentences Chapter 53: Action Frames Chapter 54: Setting, interaction and reaction

General Fields

  • : 9781138093027
  • : Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • : Routledge
  • : Contains 1 Book and 1 Undefined
  • : October 2017
  • : 298mm X 210mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 304
  • : 227 Line drawings, black and white; 17 Tables, black and white; 227 Illustrations, black and white
  • : Alison Wilcox (School writer and researcher, UK)
  • : Hardback
  • : 3rd New edition
  • : 372.623