English Language KS3 / KS4: What makes travel writing engaging?

Presenter Kate Humble offers detailed practical advice for making travel writing engaging for both reader and writer.

Journeying along the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways in Snowdonia National Park, she provides examples of how she uses notebook jottings whilst travelling to jog memory when it comes to writing up a full article.

Humble also advises on ways to use words that describe sights, sounds and atmosphere, and considers ways of structuring a travel piece in terms of individual pictures so that each new view is a new paragraph.

She considers the conventions of the genre and likens travel writing to keeping a diary, inviting first person narrative and encouraging recording feelings at each stage of a journey in order to allow the reader to feel part of the experience.

She also tackles the issue of writer’s block and how to overcome it.

Teacher Notes

Students could practice Kate Humble’s writing techniques by making jottings as they ‘journey’ around their school or local area and using them to write up a guide for visitors.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching English Language at KS3 and KS4 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and National 4 and 5 in Scotland.

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