Year 9 Formal Writing


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Year 9 Formal Writing

  1. 1. Formal Writing
  2. 2. What is Formal Writing? <ul><li>Formal writing can be: </li></ul><ul><li>A letter to the editor </li></ul><ul><li>A formal essay </li></ul><ul><li>A newspaper article </li></ul><ul><li>A film or book review </li></ul><ul><li>A report </li></ul>
  3. 3. The purpose… <ul><li>The purpose of formal writing is to express an opinion on an issue or to inform. It also lets other people know what you are thinking and can stimulate debate. </li></ul>
  4. 4. The rules! <ul><li>No slang or colloquial expressions </li></ul><ul><li>No contractions e.g it’s should be it is </li></ul><ul><li>Spelling must be perfect </li></ul><ul><li>Use correct punctuation </li></ul><ul><li>Write in the 3 rd person e.g. he, she, they </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t use the 1 st person e.g I think… </li></ul>
  5. 5. Features of Formal writing <ul><li>Formal writing is written using formal language – as if you were speaking to the Queen, not your mates! </li></ul>
  6. 6. Year 9: Keepin’ it REAL <ul><li>Rhetorical question - a question that does not require an answer but just some thought. </li></ul><ul><li>Examples - quotes or the description of an event which supports what you are writing about. </li></ul><ul><li>Anecdotes - stories or a personal experience that illustrates the point you are making. </li></ul><ul><li>Listing - a list of numbers or items. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Topics: choose 1 <ul><li>Our parents are our role models. </li></ul><ul><li>We are all responsible for a clean and green environment. </li></ul><ul><li>The media influences how we think we should look. </li></ul><ul><li>Fast food is bad for your health. </li></ul><ul><li>Manaaki Orewa has improved Orewa College. </li></ul><ul><li>Religion is no longer relevant. </li></ul><ul><li>New Zealand needs a new capital city. </li></ul><ul><li>Why we should be proud to be New Zealanders. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Research questions <ul><li>Once you have chosen your topic, write down 3-5 questions about your topic that you would like to find answers for. </li></ul><ul><li>Your questions should be open ended. </li></ul><ul><li>For example: </li></ul><ul><li>What kinds of things should our parents be role modeling to their children? Or </li></ul><ul><li>What are some of the actions we could take to make our environment clean and green? </li></ul>
  9. 9. Researching the answers <ul><li>Once you have your questions written, you need to research the answers. </li></ul><ul><li>You can use computers, ask your family, or get books/newspapers/magazines from the library. </li></ul><ul><li>We will be going to the computer lab for 1 period only! </li></ul>
  10. 10. Topic <ul><li> School uniforms are necessary. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Brainstorm Why?
  12. 12. Essay Structure <ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><li>Paragraph 1 </li></ul><ul><li>Para 2 </li></ul><ul><li>Para 3 </li></ul><ul><li>Conclusion </li></ul>
  13. 13. Paragraph Structure <ul><li>S tatement </li></ul><ul><li>E xample </li></ul><ul><li>e X planation </li></ul><ul><li>Y our response </li></ul>
  14. 14. Complete the chart: <ul><li> Paragraph 1 Paragraph 2 Paragraph 3 </li></ul><ul><li>Statement - </li></ul><ul><li>Main idea </li></ul><ul><li>Example - </li></ul><ul><li>What is an example </li></ul><ul><li>from real life that </li></ul><ul><li>supports the </li></ul><ul><li>point you are making? </li></ul><ul><li>Explanation - </li></ul><ul><li>How does this example </li></ul><ul><li>prove the point you </li></ul><ul><li>are making? </li></ul><ul><li>Your response - </li></ul><ul><li>Why is this important? </li></ul><ul><li>What can we learn from it? </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><li>Your introduction should state whether you agree/disagree with the topic and include all of your statement sentences. For example, I disagree with the statement that cellphones have become addictive because… </li></ul><ul><li>Conclusion </li></ul><ul><li>Your conclusion should: </li></ul><ul><li>answer the question </li></ul><ul><li>include your 3 main points( statement sentences) </li></ul><ul><li>a summary of what we can learn/ what was important or significant. </li></ul>
  16. 16. The End