WRITING NON-FICTION Example question and how to get

WRITING NON-FICTION
Example question and how to get top marks
Homework has no value. Some students get it done for them; some
dont do it at all. Students should be relaxing in their free time. Write
an article for a broadsheet newspaper in which you explain your point
of view on this statement. (24 marks for content and organisation
16 marks for accuracy) THIS UNIT AMOUNTS TO 25% OF GCSE
RESULT

Content

Organisation

Technical
accuracy

Register is convincing and compelling for
audience
Assuredly matched to purpose
Extensive and ambitious vocabulary with
sustained crafting of linguistic devices
Varied and inventive use of structural features
Writing is compelling, incorporating a range of
convincing and complex ideas
Fluently linked paragraphs with seamlessly
integrated discourse markers
Wide range of punctuation is used with a high
level of accuracy
Uses a full range of appropriate sentence
forms for effect
Uses Standard English consistently and
appropriately with secure control of complex
grammatical structures
High level of accuracy in spelling, including
ambitious vocabulary
Extensive and ambitious use of vocabulary

Possible writing purposes

Explain

Instruct/
Advice

Argue

Persuade

Q - Explain what you think about.....
Be factual
Give a balanced view (but not contradictory)
Use evidence to support your view
Use connectives of comparison
Write in 3rd or 1st person
Q - Advise the reader of the best way....
Be factual
Write in present tense
Use connectives
Use technical terms
Write in 2nd person
Q - Argue the case for/against....
Rhetorical questions
Emotive language
Counter arguments
IAMAFORESTER/AHARMLESSRIME
Q - Persuade the writer of the statement that...
IAMAFORESTER/AHARMLESSRIME
One-sided argument

Assessment Objectives
AO5 - Communicate clearly, effectively and
imaginatively, selecting and adapting tone, style and
register for different forms, purposes and audiences.
A05 - Organise information & ideas, using structural
& grammatical features to support coherence &
cohesion
A06 - Candidates must use a range of vocabulary
and sentence structures for clarity, purpose and
effect, with accurate spelling and punctuation.

Possible layouts/types of text/formats

The
Basics

I AM A
FORESTER

Capital letters

Imperative
verbs

Full stops
Question
marks
Commas
Apostrophes
Consistent
tense

the use of addresses & date
a formal mode of address e.g. Dear
Sir/Madam or a named recipient
effectively/fluently sequenced paragraphs
an appropriate mode of signing off: Yours
sincerely/faithfully.

Ellipsis ....

Broadsheet = formal/Local or tabloid =
informal
a clear/apt/original title
a strapline & subheadings
an introductory (overview) paragraph
effectively/fluently sequenced paragraphs.

Semi-colons

Leaflet
(text
only)

a clear/apt/original title
organisational devices such as inventive
subheadings or boxes
bullet points
effectively/fluently sequenced paragraphs.

Vary
paragraph
lengths

Speec
h (text
only)

a clear address to an audience
effective/fluently linked sections to
indicate sequence
rhetorical indicators that an audience is
being addressed
a clear sign off e.g. Thank you for
listening.

Essay

an effective introduction and convincing
conclusion
effectively/fluently linked paragraphs to
sequence a range of ideas.

Letter

Article

Stretch yourself
Take a bold standpoint: hook/tone/style. Also
consider cohesive devices:
adverbials/pronouns/reference chains/
synonyms/rhetorical questions/discourse markers.

Homophone
spellings
Connectives

Colons
Vary sentence
starts/lengths

Sentence
Topic
sentences
starts
Verb
Running
quickly, she

Adverb
Darkly, the
night sky.
Adjective
Red light filled
the
Preposition
Down there,
all...
Connective
However, his

Repetition

Alliteration

Emotive lang./
expert opinion

Modal verbs

Statistics

Appeal

Triplets

Figurative
lang.

Exaggeration

Opinion

Rhetorical q.

The Exam
45 minutes 1 task no choice
Step one: read & highlight key
words in question
Step two: Identify the
PAT/PAF/PAL
Step three: Plan 6 -8 things you
can include, then put them in
order (Steps 1 to 3 = 10 mins)
Step four: Write it (Step 4 = 30
mins)
Step five (MOST IMPORTANT):
Lip check (Step 5 = 5 minutes)

Audience

An audience your age:
Colloquial expressions and
sayings and references to
modern culture.
Frequent use of direct address.
Use of humour and sarcasm.
Affronted conjunctions (So)
An older audience:
Keep it formal. BUT remember
theyre not the Queen! (One is
outraged my good sir)
Avoid references to modern
culture, humour and sarcasm.
Avoid using contractions (do not
instead of dont)

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