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Composition: How to Write for Your Audience 2

In this worksheet, students consider the importance of person when considering the purpose of their writing and its audience.

'Composition: How to Write for Your Audience 2' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Writing: Composition

Curriculum subtopic:   Plan What and Who to Write For

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Sentences are written in the first person, second person or third person:

 

The first person is generally used when writing things like diaries and letters, where the writer wants to express his or her personal feelings.

Little girl writing

The first person can also be used for writing stories, especially if the author wants readers to know what the main character is thinking.

 

The second person is not used as much, but is common in advertising brochures.

Bucket and spade in sand

For example: 

You will have a wonderful time playing on our sandy beach.

 

The third person is the most common and is used for things like newspaper reports and most stories.

Girl reading

 

When writing stories it is a common mistake to switch between the first and third person without noticing.

Would the following scenario use the first, second or third person?

 

telling foreign visitors how to find their hotel

first person

second person

third person

Would the following scenario use the first, second or third person?

 

writing a report on your village cricket team's latest match

first person

second person

third person

Would the following scenario use the first, second or third person?

 

writing a postcard telling your friend about your holiday

first person

second person

third person

Is this sentence true or false?

 

A report on your first team football match for the school magazine can be written in either the first or the third person.

true

false

Is this sentence true or false?

 

A  report about your school fair can be written in either the first or the third person.

true

false

Is this sentence true or false?

 

A text encouraging people to be more environmentally aware can only be written in the second person.

true

false

Is this sentence true or false?

 

It is always better to write a story in the third person.

true

false

Is this sentence true or false?

 

A report on the works of William Shakespeare can only be written in the third person.

true

false

The following passage has been written in the third person and then converted into the first person, but there is a mistake in one of the sentences in the second passage.

 

Find the mistake and write the corrected sentence in the answer box.

Third person:

Martin peered down the corridor, trying to make out the dark shape at the end. Was it a person? His heart started to thud more loudly in his chest. He shrank back into the room and tried not to panic. What should he do next?

First person:

I peered down the corridor, trying to make out the dark shape at the end. Was it a person? My heart started to thud more loudly in my chest. He shrank back into the room and tried not to panic. What should I do next?

The following passage is written in the second person but with a mistake in one sentence. Find the mistake and write the corrected sentence in the answer box.

 

At our luxurious beach resort you can relax in comfort, knowing that all your needs are taken care of. Their meals and drinks are included in the price. There is also a wide range of exciting activities on offer. You can try windsurfing and beach volley ball, or why not have a go at snorkelling in our clear water? There's no end to the fun!

  • Question 1

Would the following scenario use the first, second or third person?

 

telling foreign visitors how to find their hotel

CORRECT ANSWER
second person
EDDIE SAYS
Good to see you having a go! As you are talking to them you would need to use the second person.
  • Question 2

Would the following scenario use the first, second or third person?

 

writing a report on your village cricket team's latest match

CORRECT ANSWER
third person
EDDIE SAYS
Did you remember the information at the start of the activity? When writing a report we use the third person. This is because we are writing it as an outsider that has watched the match, not as someone who was actually playing.
  • Question 3

Would the following scenario use the first, second or third person?

 

writing a postcard telling your friend about your holiday

CORRECT ANSWER
first person
EDDIE SAYS
You starting to get the hang of this now? This time we are writing the postcard about our own holiday so we need to write in first person. We use first person when writing about our own experiences.
  • Question 4

Is this sentence true or false?

 

A report on your first team football match for the school magazine can be written in either the first or the third person.

CORRECT ANSWER
true
EDDIE SAYS
Super star for having a go! That was a tricky one! You would write the report in the first person if you took part in the match, but in the third person if you were watching other people play.
  • Question 5

Is this sentence true or false?

 

A  report about your school fair can be written in either the first or the third person.

CORRECT ANSWER
true
EDDIE SAYS
Great effort keep it up. You would probably write it in the first person if it was for your school magazine, but if you were writing for readers outside the school, e.g. the local paper, you might write it in the third person. Which means that the statement is true.
  • Question 6

Is this sentence true or false?

 

A text encouraging people to be more environmentally aware can only be written in the second person.

CORRECT ANSWER
false
EDDIE SAYS
How you doing? This statement is false. When writing in the second person, e.g. 'You should recycle more,' can sound like you are criticising the reader. If you switch to the first person, e.g. 'We should all recycle more,' it sounds friendlier.
  • Question 7

Is this sentence true or false?

 

It is always better to write a story in the third person.

CORRECT ANSWER
false
EDDIE SAYS
Good to see you still going! The statement is false. Stories can be written in either third or first person. It can be easier to write a story in the third person, but stories written in the first person can seem more personal and engage the reader more closely with the main character.
  • Question 8

Is this sentence true or false?

 

A report on the works of William Shakespeare can only be written in the third person.

CORRECT ANSWER
false
EDDIE SAYS
Getting the hang of this now? Such a report would usually be written in the third person, but if the writer wants to emphasise how much influence Shakespeare has had on modern authors then the first person could be used. For example: 'We have learnt a great deal from the works of Shakespeare.'
  • Question 9

The following passage has been written in the third person and then converted into the first person, but there is a mistake in one of the sentences in the second passage.

 

Find the mistake and write the corrected sentence in the answer box.

Third person:

Martin peered down the corridor, trying to make out the dark shape at the end. Was it a person? His heart started to thud more loudly in his chest. He shrank back into the room and tried not to panic. What should he do next?

First person:

I peered down the corridor, trying to make out the dark shape at the end. Was it a person? My heart started to thud more loudly in my chest. He shrank back into the room and tried not to panic. What should I do next?

CORRECT ANSWER
I shrank back into the room and tried not to panic.
EDDIE SAYS
Looking good! Did you spot the mistake? In the sentence 'He shrank back into the room and tried not to panic.' You needed to replace the 'He' to and 'I'. This now makes the whole sentence written in first person. We use the pronoun 'I' to show the character is the one talking.
  • Question 10

The following passage is written in the second person but with a mistake in one sentence. Find the mistake and write the corrected sentence in the answer box.

 

At our luxurious beach resort you can relax in comfort, knowing that all your needs are taken care of. Their meals and drinks are included in the price. There is also a wide range of exciting activities on offer. You can try windsurfing and beach volley ball, or why not have a go at snorkelling in our clear water? There's no end to the fun!

CORRECT ANSWER
Your meals and drinks are included in the price.
EDDIE SAYS
Did you spot the mistake? The question asked us to make sure the whole passage was written in second person. Remember we use second person when we are telling someone what or how to do something.
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