PLE – 10xEN1 – Home learning due Thursday 13 March

How can the same language features be used in texts that have a different, often completely different, purpose?

Surely the same ingredients make the same cake!

For example, how can statistics be used:

  • in a news article arguing against mobile phones being brought into school
  • in a letter to a Minister for Education informing him or her of the things you think should be done to improve education for teenagers
  • in a letter to the editor of a national newspaper explaining why it’s unfair that fair teenagers are so often criticised in newspapers

An independent enquirer working at:

  • Grade C will provide a developed answer showing how language features are used in different ways to support different purposes
  • Grade B will clearly explain how the same language feature can be used to have a different effect, depending on the purpose
  • Grade A will use a range of examples when evaluating the effectiveness of a language feature in two or more texts 

11 thoughts on “PLE – 10xEN1 – Home learning due Thursday 13 March

  1. Olivia

    Metaphors can be used in articles so that the reader is more engaged and amused by what they are reading. Metaphors can also be used in a review as the writer can be describing one thing to another.

  2. Pandora

    Statistics and factual evidence can be used in a piece of writing, such as an online article, to explain something to the reader; i.e, you might use a percentage to explain how the amount of children being born each year is rising.
    However, you could also use statistics and facts if the purpose of your writing was to persuade the reader. For example, if your piece of writing happened to be an advert for spot cream, you might use a statistic to show how much of an improvement it makes, therefore persuading the reader that it’s the best option.

    1. Mr Legowski

      Thanks Pandora. As you have provided an explanation of how statistics can be used in two different texts, and provided an example in each case, you have hit the C-grade criteria above. How might you get a B?

  3. Mr Legowski

    Thanks for this first answer, Olivia. Please look at the graded learning outcomes above and consider whether you have done enough to get a C for this answer. If you understand that you haven’t, please have another try and provide a more developed answer. Mr Legowski

  4. Lucy

    Different language features can be used in texts that have a different purpose, for example: in a 30 second news report you would inform (giving a brief description), whereas in a newspaper article you would inform and then go on to explain (give more detail- elaborate on points).

    1. Mr Legowski

      Thank you, Lucy. You have alluded to language features in the first clause of your first sentence but you haven’t given any examples. The rest of your answer refers to the different purposes that texts may have; the thing is, you should have stuck to language features – consider how the same language feature (statistic, metaphor, repetition, alliteration, etc.) can be used in different texts with different purposes.

  5. Samantha

    Statistic can used in many different ways when writing. They are useful when trying to persuade, argue, review, comment, advise, amuse and to inform. For example when listening to a news story you would want to see evidence to support the story, this could come from witnesses or in statistics, otherwise you may be choose not to believe it. Statistics help when convincing your audience of the points you make.

  6. Georgia

    Different language features can be used in different texts, with a different purpose. For example you may use statistics to inform or argue. By informing your audience with statistics it is fact where as to argue, you are putting statistics across to provide evidence behind your point.

  7. james

    in my opinion, if corrct and put in a formal way statistics and facts cant be argued with and when you give an un disagreeable answer or argument, then there is no point in the oposing side arguing back. Not only this, but you can use facts and statistics in genural conversation, also statistics and facts can back up and argument you are giving.

  8. Erin

    Facts can be used in a text to argue. For example, if you were arguing about renewable energy you could say a fact about how it helps the enviroment. However, facts can also be used in a text to persuade by trying to get someone to agree with you by saying facts which they cant argue against which will persuade them.

  9. Niamh

    Facts and statistics can be used to persuade because it is backing up their points for what they are trying to persuade the reader to do or think. But they can also be used to help argue because the reader won’t be able to argue against the points and will therefore have to agree with them.


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