Year 7&8 Writing Homework – Due Monday 19th February

 

Weekly Writing Challenge - Argument-Article-School start time

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Writing Homework: Years 7-11 – Due Tuesday 30th

Task: Write a description as suggested by this picture.

Video to inspire:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p34IxYyI3fc

AQA English Language Writing Practice - HW Jan 22Step 1: Generate ideas

To write an effective description, you need to practise using your imagination to create detailed description from the image. To help with this, it can be useful to ask yourself questions about the image.

Annotate the image with your answers to the following questions to help you to start generating ideas for your description:

  • How are people feeling, thinking, feeling in this situation?
  • Think about the senses – what can be seen, heard, smelt, tasted, felt?
  • What could be the central action happening in the image? Or are a few things happening?
  • What can’t you seen in the picture? What else might be happening?

Step 2: Structure it

To structure a description, it can be helpful to imagine a camera moving around the image.

Your writing might…

  • Gradually zoom in or out of the image
  • Pan around different parts of the image
  • Follow the action (in this case you may follow someone preparing to take a go on the slide, having a go and then consider the reaction to the sight of the sharks or the sounds that would greet them when they emerged from the water, for example)

Decide how you will structure your description in four sections and jot down your key ideas below:

1. 2. 3. 4.

Consider how you open your sentences.  Experiment with the following:

  1. a verb ending in ‘ing’
  2. A sentence containing only three words.
  3. A complex sentence
  4. A rhetorical question
  5. Start with an adverb comma –ly,
  6. A sentence will contain a simile
  7. A sentence that starts with an estimation of time – E.g. Seconds later …
  8. A sentence that uses two of the senses.
  9. A sentence that use an exclamation
  10. A sentence that uses dialogue

Now, think about how you will link your sections – your writing needs to work as one whole piece. Add your ideas for links to your plan above.

Finally, check how you have planned to begin and end. Ensure that your whole description will work together. (Tip: a great idea can be to plan to link your ending back to your beginning (this applies with narrative writing too) as this clearly shows the examiner that you have thought about and planned the overall structure of your piece)

Spend no more than 45 minutes writing up your description, remembering the key skills that the examiner will look for. Hand in your completed work to your English teacher.

Years 7-9 – How to answer all of the Qs on your exam

Read the document thoroughly.  ensure that you pay close attention to what you do in each question and how long it should take you.

Paper 1 Overview

Some of you may find it useful to learn some of these sentence stems for each question.

Language Paper 1 Sentence stems

There are some additional practice papers attached below:

The Woman in Black INSERT Paper 1 RB

The Woman in Black Paper 1 RB

AQA Paper 1 Section A To Kill a Mockingbird extract MLy

 

Year 8 Grammar – Sentence Variety 2

Year 8, Week 7: Sentence Variety 2

In your writing, you need to be using a variety of complex sentences, in addition to simple and compound sentences.

Forming complex sentences

A complex sentence consists of a main clause (or simple sentence), which makes sense on its own and a subordinate clause (or dependent clause), which relies on the rest of the sentence to make sense.

e.g. When I go home, I eat toast.

‘I eat toast’ is a main clause and makes sense on its own.

‘When I go home,’ relies on the other half of the sentence to make sense.

Subordinators

You can form complex sentences by opening your sentence with a number of words that create subordinate clauses. These are called subordinators.

Common subordinators are:
When
If
After
During
Whilst
Because
Since
Although
As

Punctuation and subordinators
 
Because opening a sentence with these words creates a subordinate clause, you MUST have a comma later in the sentence to separate it from the main clause. (look again at this sentence)

or      When I go into town, my friend comes with me.