Standard grade exam - writing - schools and holidays
Every year… Topics in GREEN suggest pieces you couldset in a school. Those in RED suggest pieces about beingsomewhere new/ unusual/ frightening.
2007 School – the past Alone but happy Personal pressure/ challenge/ being anunderdog/ have to do somethingunpleasant
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
2009 A holiday that changed you An underdog Achieving after a struggle Trapped in a forest
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
2011 An anxious phonecall Narnia in a bookshop A happy childhood time An icy landscape
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.
Task One:Write a single paragraph description of An area outdoors at school A classroom A place where you can be alone inschool.
Task 2: Write a single paragraph description of An intimidating teacher A friendly teacher A school bully An eccentric friend A good friend
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.
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