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Standard grade exam - writing - schools and holidays



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  • 1. StandardGrade
  • 2. Every year… Topics in GREEN suggest pieces you couldset in a school. Those in RED suggest pieces about beingsomewhere new/ unusual/ frightening.
  • 3. 2007 School – the past Alone but happy Personal pressure/ challenge/ being anunderdog/ have to do somethingunpleasant
  • 4. 2008 Unexpected turn in a journey/ arrival in anew place When loyalty to a friend was tested The School Gate Scene of intense heat/ cold
  • 5. 2009 A holiday that changed you An underdog Achieving after a struggle Trapped in a forest
  • 6. 2010 A character who rebels/ a time you hadto break a rule A life-changing experience Alone in an empty fairground A situation involving heavy rain/ intensesun Arriving somewhere new
  • 7. 2011 An anxious phonecall Narnia in a bookshop A happy childhood time An icy landscape
  • 8. So… To be able to describe a school or an exoticlocation (holiday destination?) in detail, willbe useful in the exam. In your description, you must get across astrong visual sense of that place, but alsoyour thoughts connected to it at a particulartime. How you feel about a classroom when you’vejust failed a test is very different to how youfeel when you’ve received an A.
  • 9. Task One:Write a single paragraph description of An area outdoors at school A classroom A place where you can be alone inschool.
  • 10. Task 2: Write a single paragraph description of An intimidating teacher A friendly teacher A school bully An eccentric friend A good friend
  • 11. Task 3 Describe a garden in full summer bloom. Describe a garden in the middle of winter. Describe a crowded market-place in adifferent country. Describe the deserted back-streets of amajor European city.
  • 12. Task 4 Write a single paragraph description of The interior of an airport Yourself, sitting under an intense sun Yourself, watching a rain-storm outside Your feelings in a shop where you do notspeak the local language