Structured Composition 1 - A Visit to Leeds Castle

Your class has recently been on a visit to Leeds Castle in Kent, and you have been asked to write an article about it for the school magazine. Please write a few sentences for each of the following sections. For each section, you should mention what you and your friends did, what you thought of it and felt about it, as well as describing what you see.

First of all, tell me about the journey to Leeds Castle. Who was going? How did the journey go? Were you looking forward to visiting the castle?


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Here are a couple of pictures of Leeds Castle from the outside. Please describe its appearance and the grounds surrounding it. What are the noticeable things about it?


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You and your friends saw this cannon in the grounds of the castle. What did you think of it? How did you react to it? Can you say something interesting or funny about this cannon?

Did you see any other weapons in Leeds Castle (such as swords and shields)? What did you think of them?


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When you went inside the castle, you saw this state room full of furniture, decoration and portraits. Please describe it, including as much detail as you think is important. What sort of interesting things did you find in there? (You can make up the details, of course)

This stateroom is supposed to be haunted. Tell us a bit about the ghost. Did you see it? Who is it? How did he/she die? What does the ghost do?


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You and your friends decided to visit the Leeds Castle maze. How did that go? Did you get lost? How long did it take you before you managed to get out? Describe how you and your friends felt in there, and whether you enjoyed the experience.


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This is the point where you can add any more details about anything else you did at Leeds Castle. For instance, did you visit the gift shop?

Finally, the journey home. At what time did you leave? How did the journey go?


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... And finally we assemble the finished story.

When you think the sections of the story are as good as you can make them, click on the button below to build the entire story in the rectangular box below the button. The text will be selected (turned blue), so you should hold down the Ctrl key while pressing the C key. This will copy the text to the clipboard, so that you can paste it into a word processor and save it.         


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