AQA English Language Unit OneUnderstanding and Producing Non-Fiction TextsQUESTION 5Main menu: overview of question five...
OverviewQuestion 5 is the shorter of the two writing tasks. It will focus on tasks thatare informative/explanative or desc...
Understanding the questionBack to main menu5. A place can appear to be very different if you visit it at different timesof...
Planning the shorter taskBack to main menuOnce you understand what you need to do, quickly plan out three mainideas with v...
Q5 i,ii Useful language devicesBack to main menuThe following are some useful devices that you may wish to use inyour writ...
Q5 iii Spelling, punctuation and grammarBack to main menuHere are some guidance notes on how to make your writing moreaccu...
Question 5 exemplarBack to main menuLook to see how you develop notes into a clear and effective paragraph.Focus - A wint...
Skills ChecklistWhat you need to do: plan out 3 main points with some ideas develop writing with examples and details w...
January 2012Time Allowed 25minsA new TV series ‘Dream Jobs’ is giving people the chance to work intheir dream job for a da...
January 2012Time Allowed 25minsA new TV series ‘Dream Jobs’ is giving people the chance to work intheir dream job for a da...
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AQA English Exam - Foundation - Question 5

  1. 1. AQA English Language Unit OneUnderstanding and Producing Non-Fiction TextsQUESTION 5Main menu: overview of question five understanding the question planning the shorter task Q5 i,ii useful language devices Q5 iii Spelling, punctuation and grammar question 5 exemplar skills checklist mini-assessment
  2. 2. OverviewQuestion 5 is the shorter of the two writing tasks. It will focus on tasks thatare informative/explanative or descriptive and may take a variety of differentforms, such as letters, articles or scripts. One planned and effective side ofwriting, shaped, structured and paragraphed is sufficient to do wellYou are being assessed on your ability to communicate your ideasclearly and effectively in well organised paragraphs with largelyaccurate spelling, punctuation and interesting word choices.Key information write about 3-4 paragraphs (about one side of A4) a total of 16 marks; you need to score a minimum of 12 marks:- 8 out of 10 for communication and organisation (i,ii)- 4 out of 6 for spelling, punctuation and grammar (iii) spend about 20-25mins on this question, including planning focus on developing a few ideas in detail rather than a wide rangeBack to main menu
  3. 3. Understanding the questionBack to main menu5. A place can appear to be very different if you visit it at different timesof the year.Choose a place that you know well and describe it at two different timesof year for a travel website.Remember to:write about a placewrite to describe. (16 marks)The following text is taken from the June 2011 Foundation Level exam.Look at how the question guides you to what to write about.MainfocusUsefulguidanceThePurposeTheTaskThings tofocus onTheAudience
  4. 4. Planning the shorter taskBack to main menuOnce you understand what you need to do, quickly plan out three mainideas with very brief notes on how to develop them in each paragraph.Quickly decide upon your approach: a lot about a little!Describe a place e.g. theme park, local attraction, holiday resort, etcTwo different times of the year e.g. busy/empty; day/night; winter/summerAimed at a travel website e.g. family holiday, adventure seekers, retired, etcBrighton seafront in winter and summer for Travel UK1. a winter morning-icy cold; waves-empty beach huts-couples walking2. summer (people)-busy cafes and bars-children playing-music; bathers3. summer (scene)-cloudless sky andscorching sun- describe pier
  5. 5. Q5 i,ii Useful language devicesBack to main menuThe following are some useful devices that you may wish to use inyour writing to make your response more interesting to read.Inform and explain: Discourse markers to link ideas e.g. firstly, furthermore, in addition to Third person to remain neutral e.g. he, she, they Topic sentence to show paragraph focus e.g. Summer is the ideal time. Factual details and information e.g.Describe: Range of senses to evoke atmosphere e.g. sight, sound, smell, touch Metaphors and similes to provide images e.g. the clouds like balls of hay Interesting verbs and adjectives to show detail e.g. crashing waves, azure sky Poetic techniques to engage e.g. alliteration, repetition, personificationAlways: Clear paragraphs or other evidence of structure e.g. sections of a script Develop point with examples or lots of details Varied and interesting word choices
  6. 6. Q5 iii Spelling, punctuation and grammarBack to main menuHere are some guidance notes on how to make your writing moreaccurate. Remember there are 6 marks available for this section.Spelling Make sure you spell commonly used words correctly and allow time to check Remember there are lots of complex words already spelt correctly for you in theReading Section, so use some of them in your answerPunctuation Make sure each sentence has a subject and a verb Each sentence should begin with a capital letter and end with a full stop Use a comma before the word ‘but’* Use apostrophes for possession or omission (be aware of its and it’s) Start a new sentence when using ‘moreover’, ‘however’ and ‘furthermore’* Avoid overuse of exclamation marks and question marks (once or twice)Grammar Use a range of simple, complex and compound sentences
  7. 7. Question 5 exemplarBack to main menuLook to see how you develop notes into a clear and effective paragraph.Focus - A winter morningThings to include - icy cold; waves; empty beach huts; couples walkingBrighton seafront is probably not the ideal destination to visit inthe winter. The mornings are cold and icy. When the angrywaves smash against the rocks, owners walking their dogsnearby get soaked. However, there are always some crazypeople who brave the weather. Often it is couples enjoying thefresh sea air, or men fetching papers before breakfast. Most ofthe beach is isolated. All of the huts are empty. Locked up untilthe summer.TopicsentenceWordchoiceWordchoicesFullstopsandcapitalsComplexsentenceCompoundsentence SimplesentencePoeticmethodsActivity: Write one of the other points into a developed paragraph
  8. 8. Skills ChecklistWhat you need to do: plan out 3 main points with some ideas develop writing with examples and details write for a specific audience include some relevant language devices make interesting and varied word choices use capitals, full stops and commas vary your use of sentence typesBack to main menu
  9. 9. January 2012Time Allowed 25minsA new TV series ‘Dream Jobs’ is giving people the chance to work intheir dream job for a day. Write a letter to the producers explainingwhat your dream job would be and why you would love to try it.Remember to: write a letter use language to explain.Try to write approximately one page in your answer booklet. (16 marks)Assessment practiceBack to main menu
  10. 10. January 2012Time Allowed 25minsA new TV series ‘Dream Jobs’ is giving people the chance to work intheir dream job for a day. Write a letter to the producers explainingwhat your dream job would be and why you would love to try it.Remember to: write a letter use language to explain.Try to write approximately one page in your answer booklet. (16 marks)Assessment practiceBack to main menu
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