The Writers Voice GCSE – Tips

May 7, 2018 General Studies

This examination is two hours long and consists of the following: Section A: Assessing READING. 60 minutes. 40 marks. You will read two examples of non-literary texts on a common theme and answer questions on them. Section B: Assessing WRITING. 60 minutes. 40 marks (20 for each piece of writing) You need to produce two pieces Of transactional writing -? writing that pays special attention to audience , purpose and format . 3. The reading section Section A: Assessing READING. 60 minutes. 40 marks. You will read two examples of non-literary texts on a common theme.

These could be an advert, a newspaper or magazine article, a page from the Internet or an essay (e. G. Travel writing). You then answer questions on these texts. One question (usually the last one) will ask you to compare the texts. 4. Reading paper The questions you will be asked fall into seven basic types : Locating and retrieving information Impressions and images Viewpoint and attitude Intended audience Analysis of persuasive techniques Comparison of texts Evaluation of texts 5. Reading paper How the questions might be worded: Compare and contrast these texts. What are the writer’s thoughts and lings about…?

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What evidence does the writer give that…? Which of these texts do you find the most effective? Who would the language in this text appeal to? What impression do we get of…? How does this text try to persuade the reader that…? 6. You can use the words in the question to start your answer e. G. ‘The writer’s thoughts and feelings are… ‘ 7. Remember PAS p repose – Why has the text been written? What does the writer want to achieve? A audience – Who is the text intended to be read by? S Tyler – How do the language and presentational devices of a text suit the PURPOSE and

AUDIENCE? So, put simply, the S is used to match the P and A! 8. Glossary of useful terms Facts Opinions Statistics Positive/negative adjectives First/ second/third person Questions (interrogatives) Commands (imperatives) 9. Glossary 2 Emotive language List of 3 Parallel syntax Contrast Jargon Anecdote Humor 10. Glossary 3 Pun (play on words) Coining Statements from people Modal verbs to indicate the ‘mood’ of the text (can, could, may, might, will, would, shall, should, must) 11 . Don’t just ‘list’ devices you see – say what effect they have! 12.

Persuasive language uses the following tactics: care tactics (playing on your fears or insecurities) shock tactics (Often sensational or creating outrage) an appeal to your hopes, dreams or ambitions an appeal to your vanity or snobbery an appeal to your better nature or idealism an appeal to your self-image 13. Structure Structure how a text is organized or put together. You may well be asked to discuss how an argument is structured in the exam. You need to think carefully about WHY the writer chose to put particular details/information in the place/order they did. 14.

Tone Tone = the way something is said or written which shows the DOD or feelings of the writer. Here are some useful words you could use to describe a writers tone. Calm aggressive measured ranting serious ironic/ sarcastic reasonable emotional factual opinionated formal informal earnest elevated flippant/lighthearted conversational/colloquial 15. Headlines and titles The advice given in the WEEK textbook is that “All headlines and titles try to ‘catch the eye’ or ‘grab the attention’, so you will get little or no credit if that is all you say in an exam answer’. You need to say something more specific about the headline.

Why has the writer chosen those particular words? 6. Use evidence DON’T FORGET TO USE QUOTES FOR YOUR EVIDENCE 17. Section 8: Assessing WRITING. 60 minutes. 40 marks (20 for each piece of writing) You need to produce two pieces of transactional writing – writing that pays special attention to audience , purpose and format . You will be asked to write two of the following: a letter, a report, an article, a leaflet, a speech or a review. 18. The two tasks One will test your ability to argue, persuade or advise ; and the other to analyses, review or comment. 19. Tips Read the instructions carefully – they are there to help you.

Divide your time equally bout 35 minutes per question – and make sure your answers are about the length suggested. Think carefully before you write – plan what you will say in your introduction , in each paragraph and in the conclusion . When you have finished writing, read through and check for errors – don’t be afraid to make changes if they will improve your work . 20. Before you begin When tackling a piece of writing of this sort, always bear in mind these things. Purpose : Why am I writing this piece? Audience : Who is it written for? Format How should my work be set out? 21 . Match your style to the purpose and audience! 2.

AUDIENCE What you write and the way you write it will depend on who the reader is. For a friend, your tone will be friendly, chatty and informal. For an employer , on the other hand, you will adapt a more serious and formal tone. 23. Purpose Purpose means the reason behind the piece of writing -? for example, to argue , persuade, comment or review . Make sure you are clear about the purpose of your writing. 24. Format Format means how you set something out . For example, a report contains headings and sub headings so that different topics are dealt with separately and the report is easier for the deader to follow. 25. These are important!

Paragraphing Spelling Grammar Punctuation. 26. Check you have used paragraphs, correct spelling and punctuation. You want them to take you seriously! 27. Formal letter Remember that if you write a formal letter then Use: ‘ Yours sincerely if you know their name. ‘ Yours faithfully if you don’t know their name. 28. Formal letter layout Use the correct layout for a formal letter (unless it says otherwise). Your Address Date Their address Dear… 29. Speeches Think about WHO the speech is for? Use persuasive devices such as: Question – List of here – Emotive language – Statistic (you can make this up) – Command – Contrast – How things are now?

How they could be? Address the listener directly – ‘You may think that… ‘ Anecdotes – little story to help make your point. 30. I always use persuasive devices in my speeches. 31 . Reports What is the purpose of report writing? People write reports to give information , to advise their audience or to persuade a person or group of people. Reports are normally written after some research has been done and they give up-to-date information for other people to act on. 32. Reports What kind of format is used for report writing? Reports need to be clear and straightforward so that points can be made clearly to the reader(s).

There will be a main heading and probably subheadings. These sections should be clearly separated to clearly organize your work. 33. Reports What kind of tone should I use? Always be polite – you are offering information, advice and trying to persuade! However, it is fine to offer a strong opinion or conclusion if it is based on the evidence you have presented in your report. 34. Reports TOP TIP Don’t write ‘firstly, ‘secondly, ‘thirdly, when setting out your points. Instead try to use words like ‘importantly, ‘a crucial point is’ or ‘in addition to this’.

It makes it more interesting for the examiner and makes you look like a more sophisticated writer! 35. Make it seem like you know what you are writing about. Make up information! 36. Articles for magazines or newspapers f you are asked to write an article for a magazine or newspaper, the most important questions you have to ask yourself are: Who is it for? What is it for – what is the purpose of the article? What style should it be in? 37. Articles for magazines or newspapers Purpose : In most cases, articles are written to inform , persuade and entertain.

Most articles are written in a lively style and contain interesting facts and probably opinions. 38. Articles for magazines or newspapers Audience: The style and tone of an article will depend on what it’s about and who it’s written for – a school newspaper will be different to Vogue. The exam question will ask you to write an article for the type of publication it is for. 39. Articles for magazines or newspapers Format: This is quite straightforward – the article needs a main heading that makes it clear what the article is about .

The use of paragraphs is important (with subheadings ) for a new idea or point you want to make. 40. Articles – top tips Use a style to make it lively and draw the reader in – this might be informal and chatty, use questions to draw the reader in, or repeat a word or phrase. Organize your writing – use a catchy heading, an introduction to draw your readers attention, use three or four central paragraphs, a short and effective conclusion. 41 . Use a lively style that makes the reader think you are their friend! 42.

Reviews When you write a review, you need to think about: what GE your audience is; which gender they are; how formal the language needs to be (the Radio Times’ might include more formal language than ‘The Sun’), and what your opinion is of what you are reviewing and why. 43. Reviews Give a brief description of what you are reviewing, offer your opinions as a reviewer. Write about who it might appeal to. You might want to warn your reader who you think what you are reviewing won’t appeal to. 44. Make sure you do actually express an opinion! 45. Leaflets Again you need to consider: Who you are writing for? What is the purpose?


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