Everybody Writes: memorable experiences

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Imagine you were asked to describe a trip to Mars.

What did you see there?

What could you hear?

How did it feel?

If you were able to answer those questions, you were probably drawing on descriptions you've read in science-fiction texts and images you've seen in films or from photographs taken by NASA. Most likely, you drew on a range of experiences which enabled you to respond to the stimulus.

Starting a piece of writing with a hands-on experience can help to build up young people's capital, equipping them for any writing task they are faced with. It could be the opportunity to see art and history up close at a local gallery or museum, a 'writerly walk' through the local park or a staged event in the school grounds.

We've done lots of work on providing memorable experiences. Here are some of our favourite resources to help you do the same for your class:

We will continue to update the page with real examples from schools around the UK. To share your memorable experiences, please email us.

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