Due: Thursday, 18th December
Connectives are the glue that holds a text together. Connectives join ideas together in a sentence, and can join sentences and ideas together between paragraphs (these latter ones are referred to as discourse markers, when used between paragraphs).
Connectives don’t have to be just one word. They can be phrases like ‘in other words’ or ‘just after that’.
Download and read over this list of Discourse Markers / Connectives: Discourse_Markers
Using Discourse markers, you need to provide a series of a minimum of three paragraphs, in which you argue for or against exams and the testing of students at GCSE level. You could look at why testing helps pr
E Grade: You should aim to include in your argument, at least three connectives/discourse markers from the BRONZE section.
C/D Grade: You should aim to include at least four connectives/discourse markers from the SILVER section in your argument.
A/B Grade: (Minimum of five short-ish paragraphs) You should use discourse markers to sequence (order) your argument, and use at least four discourse markers, two of which have to come from the GOLD section.
Use the paragraph below, to see how the writer uses discourse markers (in bold), and puts forward reasons about the importance of testing/exams:
First of all, examinations are student’s motivation to learn more. They compel us to solidify what we have learned, study further and practice skills. Thank to them, we have to revise old lessons till obtain all important issues. Thanks to them, we have to investigate all possible questions and unconsciously absorb new knowledge. Thank to them, we have to sharpen our logical and critical thinking, which is essential skills in life. After all, if there was no test, then we would naturally rather play than study.
In addition, examinations, of course, help to examine students. They show students’ knowledge, abilities, and even characters.