Descriptosaurus: Ghost Stories builds on the vocabulary and descriptive phrases introduced in the original bestselling Descriptosaurus and, within the context of ghost stories, develops the structure and use of the words and phrases to promote colourful cinematic writing. This essential guide will enable children to take their writing to the next level, combine their descriptions of setting and character and show how the two interact. Children can then experiment with their own ghost stories, armed with the skills, techniques and vocabulary necessary to describe their ghostly scenes in a way that allows the reader to feel the characters' fear and visualise the source of their terror within the setting.
This new system also provides a contextualised alternative to grammar textbooks and will assist children in acquiring, understanding and applying the grammar they will need to improve their writing, both creative and technical.
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'.
Introduction: Chapter 1: How to write a ghost story Key elements The Ghost The Setting Atmosphere Character interaction (movement) Character reaction Suspense Chapter 2: Structure of a ghost story Beginning of the mystery Hero has a ghostly encounter A scary experience Another ghostly encounter Key point in the story - a revelation Hero is in danger Ending Chapter 3: Ghostly Vocabulary Chapter 4: SIR extracts (Setting, Interaction, Reaction) Chapter 5: Connectives Chapter 6: Adverbs Chapter 7: Reading list