Pen Pictures - overview

Pen Pictures - books 1-3

Pictures are great for writing, because they provide lots of content, but leave it up to the students to express it in words. When we wrote Pen Pictures, there were a few books of picture stories for writing available, but they were very dated, having something of a post-war flavour. And they were mainly for narrative, under-representing other forms. So Pen Pictures sets out to provide a colourful, motivating, picture based series of lessons which will develop young learners' writing skills in a balanced and sustainable way. See also the article on this topic, and the talk.

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Pen Pictures 1

Pen Pictures 1

In Pen Pictures 1, pupils are given attractive visuals to fire their imagination and support them in writing a variety of different texts. These include writing a dialogue, a poem, a notice, an advert, a postcard and a short composition.

Pen Pictures 2

Pen Pictures: Volume 2

In Pen Pictures 2, pupils use various picture types to help them write a range of different texts, including letters to friends and short stories.

Pen Pictures 3

Pen Pictures: Volume 3

In Pen Pictures 3, pupils are encouraged to add their voice to what they write. They present opinions and make complaints, and begin to look at formal and informal language.

Pen Pictures Teacher's Books

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Each level of Pen Pictures is accompanied by a Teacher's Book which provides detailed teaching notes, answey keys, ideas for mixed ability classes, suggestions for follow-up activities and photocopiable tests.

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This series is very good for getting kids writing. They find the warm-up exercises interesting and they are well graded to lead towards the actual writing. There is also a good exercise on checking your own writing and correcting for the pupils to do which they love. Colourful and fun. Good value.


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