Further activities

Activities with images

Activities with images – crowd scene

Why not go to the Ulster Museum and visit the galleries? Choose a crowd scene or choose one person in the crowd and write about their experience in the picture or before or after the picture was captured. 

Alternatively, use paintings or photos as stimulus. Work by Ed Gray includes many crowd scenes. As does the work for Martin Parr

The Crowd scene resource is a sample image collection that gives pupils opportunities to create interesting characters, relationships, scenarios and emotions.

On the rest of Martin Parr’s website, you will find lots of images to inspire a range of activities. Pupils could simply write captions for some of the images, create speech bubbles, describe the scene in a particular genre, write an internal monologue or a diary entry, create a series of tweets or a Facebook entry, create a back story or create a write-on. They could also do any of the activities outlined in this resource. For other ideas for work with image of crowds see the Crowd scene project ideas resource.

You could also apply any of the character activities already outlined to characters imagined from visual stimuli. This may be a useful preparation for GCSE work on Creative Writing.

AFL Opportunity

Creating Emotional Equations

Creating Emotional Equations

Emotional equations are a shorthand way to summarise how a character feels at a particular moment. They are useful as a talking and listening activity to encourage reluctant writers to develop their thinking skills. They encourage discussion and engage actions and reactions in a lively way. Pupils could write equations for the characters and for the reader as a way to develop their understanding of the power of the writer to inspire reactions in the reader.

This strategy may be useful to explore relationships between characters at different points in a story.

Give your pupils examples of what we mean by an emotional equation. Give the class or smaller groups an example of a widely experienced emotion or life experience. Ask them to break it down into a mathematical equation.  Disappointment, for example, occurs when hope leads to failure. This could be expressed as:

Emotional equations

Encourage your pupils to be as imaginative as possible in applying the elements of the emotional states they are creating and the mathematical relationships between them.

When reading a novel or short story or viewing stills from films, ask your pupils to create emotional equations. They could also apply emotional equations to non-fiction material, including visual stimulus. 

Encourage your pupils to use: 

  • film trailers from intofilm.org;
  • celebrities or public figures; or
  • appropriate contemporary music videos that create a mood or tell stories. 

You can use audio files from C2K AUDIO NETWORK app to create an emotional impact or tell a short story in sound. Encourage your pupils to create these in groups and give other groups opportunities to respond.

Further development

Further development

Encourage your pupils to develop their emotional equations into:

  • an internal monologue from a chosen moment;
  • a transcript;
  • role plays; or
  • freeze frames or tableaux.

You could also consider writing one of these up as a task on the CCEA Task Support System

The weather

Using the The weather on the interactive whiteboard, give your pupil’s opportunities to look at how weather and other details contribute to the creation of character. You should emphasise how character is more effectively shown than told.

This links to the Show, Don’t Tell activity in the language section of this resource. It also leads into exploring how you can use setting, in this case the weather, to create or reveal character effectively. See Section 5: Setting section for more detail about this.

Pupils can work on the weather passage and questions resource individually or in pairs.


Crowd scene
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The weather
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