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Shutter Island Moving Image Creative Writing

Name………………


Shutter Island is a film based on a book of the same name written by Dennis Lehane. The _______ of the text and film is _________________ and the purpose of this genre is to induce fear. To make a story frightening, you have to have the _______________, an element of the grotesque, strange noises or silence and an _________ series of events. A typical gothic setting could be a castle or an old abandoned house, as long as it is spooky and isolated. Gothic atmosphere is created by strange 'goings on' and the weather. For example a storm would set a good _______________ for a gothic novel. Tension and suspense are also important elements of atmosphere. The characters would be strange in a typical gothic novel, possibly ___________ or just very odd. genre ominous

atmosphere deformed

unexplained gothic horror


This is your assessment ladder. Your aim is to climb to the top!

Where do you think you are now?

What will your initial target be?


The opening sentence of our story describes the ship emerging from the fog. You need to use adjectives or adverbs, personification and onomatopoeia.

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The next sentence is going to describe the island. You need to create atmosphere here. You must use emotive language to make the reader feel something as the boat gets closer to the island. Include a rule of three description.

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Lastly in this opening paragraph, you will describe the ship coming in to dock. You should mention the people on the dock, particularly their body language. Use interesting adverbs and short sentences for effect.

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Now look carefully at what you have included. You will not have had time yet to include everything, but you can use this to help identify what your next steps should be. Write your target for paragraph two below.

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Now you are going to use the target that you have set yourself for paragraph two. Your aim is to cover all of the points on the checklist within your work. Which have you chosen to include in this paragraph?

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The Marshal identifies himself and flashes his badge as a symbol of authority. Include interesting adjectives and a simile.

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Look at the faces of the guards. Are they relaxed? How do you think the Marshals feel to be surrounded? Use interesting adverbs and a simile or metaphor. Include well punctuated speech.

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The third paragraph deals with the journey to and arrival at the gates. Use your self-assessment sheets to set yourself a personal target for this section. Try to create atmosphere through your description of the walls.

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You should include onomatopoeia and/or personification as the gates are opened.

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You should include a challenge at the gates when the two agents are forced to surrender their guns. Show how they feel about giving up their weapons through your descriptions of their actions.

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Now look carefully at what you have included. You have had more time now to include most of these devices at least once. Use this framework to help identify what your next steps should be. Are there any gaps? Write your target for paragraph four below. __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________


Paragraph four should focus on describing the buildings that the prisoners are housed in.

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Obviously, you should concentrate on the imposing old fort on the bluff, where the most dangerous inmates are kept. Try to show the difference between the buildings. Make the contrast stand out through your choice of words.

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Paragraph five focuses on the inmates that they see on their way in. Your descriptions should create atmosphere and convey the way that they make the Marshals feel. Your goal is to use sentence structures for effect.

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Our narrative will end on a cliffhanger as the Marshals pass this inmate and head into the building to begin their investigation. Think carefully about the atmosphere you can create with your description of her. How will she make the Marshals feel? Remember; show, don’t tell.

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Now, for the final time, complete the grid below for the whole of your narrative.

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Are there any weak areas which you need to go back and alter? Is there a device that you have not used?

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Now look carefully at what you have included. You have had time to include everything, but you can use this to help identify any gaps which need filling. Which band do you think you have achieved? Write your review target below. __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________

Go back to your work and use your target to move further up the ladder. Where do you think you are now?


Creative Writing based on 'Shutter Island'