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  • 1. Past Years’ Questions (A Review) Year 1997 Format An article for school newspaper 1998 1999 A formal letter to the Manager of a factory A report to the Principal 2000 An informal letter to your mother 2001 2002 2003 An article for your school magazine A talk to other students A formal letter to your teacher 2004 A report for the principal 2005 A letter to a friend (informal letter) 2006 A letter to a friend (informal letter ) 2007 A talk to students 2008 2009 An article for a school magazine A report to the Principal 2010 A letter to your cousin 2011 A speech to Red Crescent Society members An article 2012 2013 2 Task To inform students about the nature club and persuade them to join. To request a visit for your school consumer club. To inform the principal about the poor condition and services of the library. To ask for some money to buy a birthday gift for your brother. How to cope with stress Road Safety To state the choice made by your class on a trip after the end-of-year examination and give reasons for the choice. To write on matters in your school which could be improved. To describe your experiences at a three-day outdoor camp. To give reasons why he/she would make a good Head Prefect To give a talk on a reference book that is useful for secondary students To write an article about your friend. To give reasons for the lack of interest in sports and provide suggestions to overcome the problems. To tell him/her about the benefits of the National Service Programme and to encourage him/her to go. To inform them on how to manage a sprained ankle.
  • 2. TOTAL MARKS FOR DIRECTED WRITING Aspects Format Content Language TOTAL Marks 3 12 15 30 CATEGORY DESCRIPTIONS FOR ASSESSMENT Language 15 Marks MARK RANGE A 14-15 B 11-13 C 08-10 DESCRIPTION OF CRITERIA ● The language is accurate apart from occasional draft slips. ● Sentence structure is varied and shows that the candidate is able to use sentence length and type to achieve an intended effect. ● Vocabulary shows some sophistication and is used with precision. ● Punctuation is correct. ● Spelling is correct across the whole range of vocabulary used. ● Paragraphs have unity. ● The tone is appropriate for a talk to students. ● The language is almost always accurate but there may be more minor or first draft slips. ● Errors may also arise from more ambitious structures which are imperfectly understood. ● Sentences show some variations in length and type, including the confident use of complex sentences. ● Vocabulary is wide enough to show intended meaning. ● Spelling is nearly always accurate. ● The tone is quite suitable for a talk to students. The reader is satisfied that a genuine attempt has been made. ● The language is largely accurate to communicate meaning clearly to the reader. ● Simple structures are used without error; mistakes may occur when more sophisticated structures are attempted. ● Vocabulary is adequate to convey intended meaning although it may not be sufficiently developed to achieve precision. ● Sentences shows some variety of length and structures although there is a tendency to repeat some sentence types, giving it a monotonous effect. ● Punctuation is generally accurate although errors may occur in more complex uses. ● The talk is written in paragraphs which show some unity, although links may be absent or inappropriate. ● The tone of the talk lapses into slang or informal language. 3
  • 3. ASPECTS OF FORMAT a Formal report To: The principal Addressee Poor Conditions Topic/Title (Paragraphs) Reported by, Hassan b Formal letter Arsalan Gulistan Town Quetta The manager XYZ Lahore Writer’s name & post Sender’s name Recipient’s address 2 February 2014 Date Dear sir, Salutation Asking permission to visit … Title (Paragraphs) c Informal letter Yours faithfully Arsalan Raza Secretary 123, Jalan ABC 2500 KUANTAN Dear Sara, Complimentary Close (name & designation) Sender’s address Salutation friend’s name) (Paragraphs) d A Speech / Talk Yours sincerely, Good morning, The title of my speech is Complimentary Close Greeting Topic/Purpose (Paragraphs) e f Thank you An Article for school magazine / HEALTHY LIFESTYLE by Umer Hashmi school newspaper Leaflet/Flyer (Paragraphs) (sharing&informative) Bonefire (Paragraphs) (sharing&informative) Ending Title Writer’s name Tone Title/Slogan Introduction Tone