Description course Level 2 Intro
Welcome to Level 2 of the Adventures in Description course. It follows a similar path to Level 1, but the content is aimed at a higher age group and the learning is taken further.
If you have completed Level 1 with your child and wish to extend their learning, guidance is provided in the module intros and at the start of the sessions for which sections to do and which to skip to avoid repetition.
Why description skills are so important
Description is such an important skill to develop. Being able to describe the world as you see it, as well the things that matter to you, and to be able to share those feelings and experiences, gives you agency and a voice. When we know how to describe we can provoke emotion, we can record our memories and we can imagine what the future could look like. Descriptive language gives words to our experiences and helps communicate them to ourselves and to others.
What’s in this course?
This description course is designed to build confidence and ability in the use of descriptive language. Starting from the basics of adjectives and adverbs, working up to more complex descriptions using similes, metaphors and other powerful words and then applying these to different contexts such as describing people and places.
This course won’t mark or grade your child or give them a checklist to work through. Instead it will help them have fun with words, gaining knowledge and confidence along the way to create and use language well, enabling them to communicate, reflect, challenge, imagine and express themselves.
I recommend keeping a journal throughout the course. A scrapbook or A4 binder work well. Make notes, stick in photos, pictures, pieces of work, thoughts and ideas. It’s a helpful way for your child to go back and be reminded of what they have learnt in previous sessions, as well as being a great way to see what they have achieved at the end of the course. It might be that they want to use some of the descriptions they have created in their future writing.
This course doesn’t require your child to do lots of writing – although they can if they want to! There are lots of ways to keep a record of what they have done. You can use: voice recording, photographing, scribing for your child and keeping a video diary.
Start your child at a point in the course you feel is appropriate for them. For example, they may already have some knowledge of nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs, in which case you may want to skip the first session or just go through it quickly with them for a refresh.
Each module of the course is split into sessions. Depending on your child’s confidence, enjoyment and how long they spend on each part, you may want to split some sessions up and do them over different days, or put two together and do in one longer session. It’s up to you and what works best for your child. Most importantly, have fun! Language and creativity should be enjoyable.