1.5 Formal Writing


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A formal writing unit adapted from a NZQA task. Updated for use with 1:1 devices. Includes a driving question and can be a PBL unit.

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1.5 Formal Writing

  1. 1. Overcoming Challenges Year 11 Formal Writing 1.5 3 credits Updated for use with 1:1 devices 2014 Christine Wells
  2. 2. 2 Your Mission…  This assessment activity requires you to write a formal opinion article of at least 350 words.  You will be given a list of issues to choose from.  Your audience will be other students, staff, and the wider community.  Your writing will be published on your blog.
  3. 3. 3 Project Based Learning 1. Open ended driving question or challenge 2. Creates a need to know essential content & skills 3. Covers significant content 4. Requires inquiry to learn and create something new 5. 21st Century skills: collaboration, critical thinking, communication and creativity 6. Allows student voice and choice 7. Revision and reflection 8. Create a product to share publicly
  4. 4. 4 Driving Question How can we share our challenges in a formal and engaging way?
  5. 5. 5 Discover 1. To learn the conventions of formal writing Learning Intention s 2. To research an issue and find evidence to support your ideas 3. To learn how to develop and structure your ideas 4. To discover how make your blog scannable
  6. 6. 6 Discover: The conventions of formal writing 1.Read through the following website: https://sites.google.com/site/reeftonyear10/formal-writing/rrrrr 2.Use http://www.quizyourfriends.com to create a quiz to test each other on the conventions. Gathering Processing Applying Thinking Relating to others Using language, text and symbols Managing self Participating & contributing
  7. 7. 7 Discover: Issues & Challenges Gathering Processing  http://sofs.hubpages.com/hub/Its-hard-on-teens  http://www.stageoflife.com/  http://www.helpguide.org/topics/teens.htm 1. Use the links above to find an issue or challenge that you can relate to. 2. Use SimpleMind+ to record ideas or create a brainstorm of possibilities for your article. Answer the following: • Identify the challenge or issue • Describe 3 ways that the challenge/issue is portrayed • Record at least 3 quotes about the challenge/issue Thinking Using language, text and symbols Managing self
  8. 8. 8 Discover: Structuring Ideas  http://www.library.dmu.ac.uk/Support/Heat/index.php?page=485 1. In pairs, read the above link and use Educreations, Explain Everything or VideoScribe to create a presentation which explains the structure of an essay. Gathering Processing Applying Thinking Relating to others Using language, text and symbols Managing self Participating & contributing
  9. 9. 9 Discover: Developing Ideas
  10. 10. 10 Discover: Make your blog scannable  http://www.problogger.net/archives/2006/02/20/scannable-content/ 1. In pairs, read the above link to learn how to make your blog easier to read and more appealing to the reader. 2. List 5 ideas from the article that you will include when you create your blog. Gathering Processing Thinking Relating to others Using language, text and symbols Managing self Participating & contributing
  11. 11. 11 Create: Time to write!  Now that you have your information on what to write and how to write, it’s time to get started. Processing Applying Thinking Using language, text and symbols Managing self
  12. 12. Create: Editing Gathering Processing Applying Remember to edit your work by: • Strengthen your opening to command attention • Replace informal words or phrases with words more appropriate for formal writing • Improve the flow of your sentences Thinking Using language, text and symbols • Vary the way your sentences start Managing self • Improve the links between ideas • Add links, sub-headings, or keywords • Add more supporting evidence • Add explanations to link your evidence to your ideas. 12
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  14. 14. 14 Create: Proof read Proofing means that you should check your work carefully for errors. Here is a list of some common problems in writing: • missing punctuation (for example, full stops, commas, apostrophes, speech marks) • missing or misused capital letters Thinking • incomplete or incorrect sentences Using language, text and symbols Managing self • incorrect paragraphing • misspelt words • mixed-up tenses • incorrect use of conventions of online writing. Gathering Processing Applying
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  16. 16. 16 Share  A developed piece of formal writing is published on a blog Success Criteria  The writing has been edited and uses conventions correctly  The writing uses the correct structure and a format appropriate for a blog
  17. 17. 17 Reflect Processing Applying Thinking Using language, text and symbols Managing self 1. Did I get my blog finished by the due date? If not, why not? 2. Did my blog explain the issue well and include appropriate evidence? 3. Have I completed work on this issue in other subjects? If yes, in what ways was this helpful? 4. Do I see any patterns in how I approached my work - such as following an outline, keeping to deadlines? Was this efficient? 5. Did I do an effective job of writing? Explain why? 6. How can I use what I have learnt to make a difference in my life?
  18. 18. 18 Bibliography  Adapted from NZQA task  peterpappas.com  http://www.problogger.net/archives/2006/02/20/scannablecontent/  http://www.library.dmu.ac.uk/Support/Heat/index.php?page=485  http://sofs.hubpages.com/hub/Its-hard-on-teens  http://www.stageoflife.com/ • https://sites.google.com/site/reeftonyear10/formal-writing/ • http://www.quizyourfriends.com • pinterest.com