Statement of explanationWhat choices have you made in yourwriting?
How does your chosen form fit thestyle?• Why is your chosen form (compare/contrast)the best style to explore the prompt?
Who is the audience and why might the engagewith this piece of writing?• Who is your piece aimed at and what will theyget out of reading it?• Which less obvious groups might get somethingout of reading your piece?• What kind of publication would you imagine itwould appear in and what kind of readershipdoes it attract?• Why is it important that such a readership hearyour ideas?
What is it you intend your audience tounderstand as a result of reading your piece?• What opinions are you trying to change?• What might someone learn from reading yourpiece?• What dilemma have you revealed?
How does your piece show an understanding ofEncountering Conflict and the prompt?• Is there an idea commonly associated withconflict that you have tried to over turn?• Have you identified a dilemma that makesyour issue particularly difficult to resolve?• What is your opinion on the topic now youhave done some research?• Are there any opinions that you differ with?
What choices did you make in terms of vocabulary,punctuation and language techniques to best suit yourintentions?• What is it about the structure of your essay thatmakes it expository? Have you created an issue toexplore? Is your piece impartial and academic andbased on research material? Have you used causeand effect or compare contrast?• How did you use language to make it clear that youwere not trying to persuade your audience butrather present and logical conclusion based on theevidence? E.g. ‘Based on the evidence it seems ...’
REMEMBER• You don’t need to address every question thathas been raised in this presentation• Choose a couple of questions for each section ofyour SOE and be concise• This is designed to show us that you havedeliberately used some writing techniques andnot others• This happens naturally when you write with aparticular audience in mind so make sure youhave a very clear idea who that is