Below is the home learning task I set you in our last lesson before the half-term break.
You must prepare a plan (one side of A3 paper) for the mock writing task which is to write a leaflet for parents in which you persuade them about children’s reading from a specific point of view.
Your plan must not contain full sentences or resemble in any way a rough draft. Instead, you should provide yourself with reminders of key skills (connectives, sentence structures, punctuation, etc.) and of the overall organisation (structure) of your leaflet. You should also include a wordbank of subject-specific vocabulary that you intend to use (as well as words which you may find challenging to spell when completing the assessment).
As to what the ‘specific point of view’ might be, you could consider such perspectives as:
- using technology can encourage reading among teenagers
- reading is a life-long skill and not simply a part of a student’s exam preparation
- it doesn’t matter what you read as long as you’re reading
Of course, these are just suggestions and you do not need to use any of them if you have an alternative of your own.
Finally, see below for advice about this assessment straight from the English Subject Advisor at the examination board. And of course, if you have any questions about this task, do not hesitate to get in touch with me before Monday 24 February.
The areas being assessed are expression of ideas; awareness of the purpose and the audience; control and use of vocabulary and sentence structure; and organisation. The word ‘organisation’ is often where candidates start to be concerned, as they confuse organisation with layout and presentation. Candidates in writing tasks are not assessed on layout and presentation. Organisation refers to the way that a text ‘hangs together’, structure and coherence. The text should have a clear opening and close, effective paragraphing and the use of cohesive devices.
So, students should not fold their paper or make a physical representation of a leaflet. They might well use headings and subheadings as organisational devices.
English Subject Advisor