Descriptosaurus Personal Writing provides young writers with an opportunity to link their personal lives and school experiences, and gives writing a meaningful and personal context. It is a resource that will guide and scaffold students to produce vivid, powerful, descriptive and meaningful personal texts, and, acting as a springboard for other genres, will dramatically improve the quality of their writing in all areas.

It provides a detailed step-by-step guide through the writing process by using personal narratives to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding of writing a text. It demonstrates different techniques, and provides useful tips and suggestions on how to revise a text and transform it into a powerful, descriptive personal narrative. With prompts, plans, methods and models for poetry and prose, this book helps tackle each stage of the writing process from planning and writing a first draft to revising and editing.

Descriptosaurus Personal Writing is an ideal vehicle for welcoming and celebrating different cultures, experiences and stories into the writing curriculum: an invaluable resource to dramatically improve children’s writing for all KS2 primary and KS3 secondary English teachers, literacy coordinators and parents.

chapter |6 pages


chapter 1|5 pages

The writing process

chapter 3|9 pages

Personal narrative writing

A springboard for other forms of writing

chapter 4|2 pages

What is personal narrative?

chapter 5|11 pages

Getting started

A writing journal

chapter 6|6 pages


chapter 7|13 pages

External sources as writing prompts

chapter 8|6 pages

Plot outlines

chapter 9|3 pages

Writing a first draft

chapter 10|3 pages

The revision process

chapter 11|6 pages

Revising action scenes

chapter 12|16 pages


chapter 13|14 pages


chapter 14|4 pages


chapter 15|2 pages


chapter 16|5 pages