What do you already know about...?The Writing Section in the Exam Time? Expectations? Types of questions? What are you being marked on?Planning Techniques? Strategies? Things to remember?How to write How do you use your plan? What do you have to remember? How do you adapt your writing for different texts/purposes and audiences?Proofreading Is it really necessary? What should you be looking out for?
The Exam:• Section B of the exam.• You have fifty minutes to answer this section.• You will have to choose from two options. You will have to identify what the purpose/tone/audience is before you begin.
You are being marked on...• Effective use of devices (persuasive / descriptive).• Focussing on the task and adapting your writing to suit audience and purpose.• Using precise vocabulary, which is fully suited to the purpose of the writing.• Using structure effectively and coherently.• Organising work into clear paragraphs.• Using a wide range of sentence structures• Using punctuation securely and for effect
Appealing to the reader’s senses• Sights• Smells• Sounds• Feelings (Emotions)• Feelings (Touch)• Similes• Metaphors• Onomatopoeia
How to use paragraphs effectively.• Leave the paragraph on a ‘cliff-hanger’. e.g. Just as I reached the door, I realised I was not alone.• Refer to the previous paragraph. e.g. On top of all that, .... or If that wasn’t enough...• Use a one sentence or one word paragraph. e.g. ...With his laugh still ringing in my ears, I rushed to the door. Locked.
VocabularyPractice Question:A local newspaper is featuring a series ofarticles called Help!Write an account for the newspaper of a timewhen you, or someone you know, neededhelp.
What alternatives are there to the word ‘help’?What words could we use associated with ‘help’?
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My car got stuck in a field on a cold, frosty, winter’s night. E.g. Exhaust fumes hung behind the car, like a horrible ghost.
Write an account for the newspaper of a time when you, or someone you know, needed help. I really needed help one day when my car got stuck in the mud. It was dark and there was a thick frost on the ground and I was trying to find my way to a friend’s house. I had never been there before and I had taken a wrong turn and ended up in a farmer’s field. The car started sliding in the frozen mud and eventually came to a standstill. I got out and tried pushing, but I couldn’t get the car to budge. There was no-one around to help me.
Plan What led up to the incident...It had all started so well. I get rescued by....
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