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Section B - Questions 5 & 6This time its a main course oh, and youre the one cooking it!Question 5 and 6 are part of the writing stage.

The examiner is looking for you to write with purpose - What am I aiming at? / Who is the audience?

They are similar to one another but not the same.

Question 5 is worth 16 marks, Question 6 is worth 24 marks.

Ideally, aim to spend 30mins for Question 5 and 40mins for Question 6.A good strategy is to do Question 6 first as this is worth more marks.

Question 5 & 6Spelling and punctuation count!PurposeWhat type of text am I creating?Letter? News article? Advert?What is it for?To provide information?To persuade?To entertain?What are the most important bits of information to include?

RELEASE YOUR INNER PAT!Remember, for each task it is important youAudienceWho are they?How old? What background? What status?Who am I?What position am I writing from?What tone shall I take?Do I need to write formally or informally?TechniquesHow should the text be presented?Use of headers, underlining, layout etc.What DAFOREST PLUS techniques do I need to include to get / keep their attention?Should I write in a distinct style? i.e. humorous, sarcastic, angry etc.TechniqueImpactEspecially good forPersuadeArgueAdviseDescribeEntertainDirect AddressUsing words like I, us, our and you to draw the audience in as if they are being spoken to in a one-to-one conversation.AlliterationRepeating the same sounds or of the same kinds of sounds at the beginning of words.

FactProviding facts, such as background information or quotes from experts, to back up your opinion.Strong OpinionSentences that begin with I believe, I want, We think, My view isRhetorical QuestionA question asked to make the reader think. It often leads them into an answer already chosen by the writer / speaker.Emotional LanguageWords or phrases designed to provoke strong feelings.StatisticsUsing numbers to add weight to an argument. Sometimes exaggerated for extra power.Talking in ThreesListing a minimum of three things at a time. This makes the argument seem wide-ranging and well thought through.DAFOREST PLUS

TechniqueImpactParagraphsMaking sure extended writing is organised into paragraphs. Either my sequence Firstly, Secondly etc. or by sub-topic.Lots of Punctuation!Using consistent basic punctuation i.e. full stops, capital letters.Adding punctuation for effect i.e. exclamation marks, semi-colons, speech marks.Upgraded WordsUsing powerful words not used in everyday conversation.Simile and MetaphorCreating strong images by comparing one thing to another.DAFOREST PLUS

Lots of punctuation

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9A) Commas: - To use a series of adjectives: Giraffes are tall, gentle giants. - To continue a list: Giraffes like to eat twigs, leaves, foliage.C) Full Stops: - To show the end of a sentence or statement: Giraffes are tall. - To give an acronym: Z.S.L (Zoological Society of London)D) Exclamation Marks: - To show surprise, shock, dismay, etc. : Look how tall the giraffes are!B) Colon: - To introduce a list: Giraffes are described as: tall, brown and gentle.E) Question Marks: - At the end of a direct question: Why are giraffes so tall? - To show the statement is uncertain: Because they have long legs(?)F) Ellipsis:- To create suspense: The winner is- For open ended sentences: To be continuedG) Apostrophes: - To show ownership: Look at the giraffes long tongue. - To show condensing of two words: Its blue.I) Brackets: - To give extra information: Giraffes like to eat foliage (specifically plants of the Mimosa genus).H) Double Quotation Marks: - To enclose a quote: O Mister Giraffe you make me laughJ) Semicolons: - To separate two related but independent phrases: People worry about the future of wild animals; our failure to conserve their habitats puts their worlds at risk.Upgraded wordsgood

interesting splendid fabulous fascinating bad terrible appallingvery really totally extremely boring tedious large gigantic small miniscule Question 5Shorter Writing Task

16 marks

30 minutes

Question 5 Step 1Q5) Write a short article for a nature magazine describing an aspect of the natural world that you find beautiful.

Remember to:

write an articleuse language to describe

Try to write approximately one page.(Q5 for 2014 Paper)DAFORESTPurpose = inform, describe, entertain

Audience = mainly adults aged 40+, third or second person perspective?

Techniques = header, sub header, bits of DAFOREST PLUS

P A TPLUSAlliterationEmotional languageTalking in threes

ParagraphsLots of punctuation - !Upgraded wordsSimile and Metaphor

Read the question carefully. Then take some time to think what does the examiner want me to demonstrate?9Question 5 Step 2Make a decision on what you will write about

Pick something you are confident in.Do not procrastinate!With describing tasks, conjure up images in your minds eye.

Question 5 Step 3Q5) Write a short article for a nature magazine describing an aspect of the natural world that you find beautiful.

Morecambe Bay Tides1. introset the scenebackground info(Q5 for 2014 Paper)Then take some time to put together a sequenced plan.2. tides3. naturemudflatsRemember to:

write an articleuse language to describe

Try to write approximately one page.variety of birds4. dangersmolluscsspeed of flows2004 11

Have a go at writing the first two paragraphs use the previous two planning pages.Compare with 1 2 other students. Try to magpie good techniques off each other.Question 5 Step 4Question 6Longer Writing Task

24 marks

40 minutes

Question 6 Step 1Q6) An area which you like and value in your local community is to be used for building a new office block.

Write a letter to your local council arguing that the building project should no go ahead.

Remember to:

write a letteruse language to argue

Try to write approximately two pages.(Q5 for 2014 Paper)DAFORESTPurpose =

Audience =

Techniques =P A TPLUSDAFOREST

Read the question carefully. Then take some time to think what does the examiner want me to demonstrate?PLUS

14Question 6 - Step 2Q6) An area which you like and value in your local community is to be used for building a new office block.

Write a letter to your local council arguing that the building project should no go ahead.

Remember to:

write a letteruse language to argue

Try to write approximately two pages.(Q5 for 2014 Paper)Protest Letter1. intro2. _____3. _____5. _______6 .conclusionThen take some time to put together a sequenced plan.4. _____15Question 6 Step 3Put you minds eye into action...What the area is currently likeWhat the area will look like if the development goes ahead

Have a go at writing the first three paragraphs use the previous two planning pages.Compare with 1 2 other students. Try to magpie good techniques off each other.Question 6 Step 4