Challenge 3: Nature

We invite you to get creative writing about nature!

You might use nature to write a piece of zoological non-fiction, a biography, a poem or to tell a story.


For this challenge, you might venture outside into your garden, onto your balcony, or just pay close attention to the streets, pavements, window boxes and skies where you live.


You might find an insect and observe it closely: watch how it moves, where it goes, how it acts. Does it change its mind? Does it seem to have emotions? It is busy, stressed, chilling, hungry, friendly?

You might closely think about how you relate to your pets and how they are family members. You might have an imaginary pet or imagine caring for unusual or endangered species both close to home or far away.

Once again, we invite your writing to be in different forms. You might write or create:

  • A story

  • A biography

  • An article

  • A graphic story / comic

  • A poem

You should:

  • Read and look through the stimulus material to help you come up with ideas.

  • Plan your work to help you think through what you want to create.

  • Use a dictionary and a thesaurus to help with vocabulary and spellings.


This time, you can come up with your own title if you want to - but included in the stimulus material there is a Continue The Story activity too. You can do this if you want to.

Possible titles might be:

  • My Family and Other Animals

  • Sammy Snail and Me

  • The thing is...

  • A day in the life of a...

  • Just a normal dinner time


This challenge's criteria:


1. Word count


No more than 600 words or two pages if a graphic text


2. To describe nature in detail


This means to use powerful vocabulary to create vivid descriptions.


You might challenge yourself to:

  • Include similes, metaphors and personification

  • Include alliteration

  • Include rhythm

  • Use pathetic fallacy

  • Use nature to represent something more - like an emotion or a perspective, such as describing a storm to represent rage.


3. To use anthropomorphism / personification


This means giving a creature or a non-living object human characteristics. This might mean an animal having speech and actions like a person.

At the very highest level of writing, this might mean an animal or an object representing a message or emotion. It might also mean your writing including a moral message.

There is a further breakdown of this in the Continue the Story activity.


4. Control the accuracy and effect of your writing


This means to use paragraphs, punctuation and vocabulary as accurately as you can.


You might challenge yourself by:

  • Using single word or single sentence paragraphs / stanzas to emphasise something or to create a specific feeling

  • Use a semi-colon to connect ideas together

  • Using compound words to create a new feeling. This means putting two words of your choice together to create a new description. For example: I could use 'honey-silk' to describe the texture of a petal.


The stimulus material:

1. Stimulus Images

This file includes key words and images to help inspire ideas.



2. Extracts

This file includes extracts from literature for your pleasure. They each include an element that links to this week's theme. Reading them will provide excellent examples of how to write about the theme as well as give you a chance to enjoy some amazing literary moments.

3. This week we also have 'Continue The Story'. Here is the activity for you to open and keep:

Nature Story Frames.JPG

Nature Story Frames with colouring in! A printable resource for younger writers and to support describing skills.

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