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Prepare Your Writing: Overview

In this worksheet, students think about a strategy for preparing their writing - perhaps for an exam.

'Prepare Your Writing: Overview' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 3

Curriculum topic:  Writing

Curriculum subtopic:  Purpose and Audience Awareness

Difficulty level:  

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Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

 

This worksheet contains a range of tasks which are useful in preparing for a writing exam.

Imagine that you were given the following task in an exam. Practice your planning skills by identifying the purpose, audience, language and layout.

 

Your local town councillor has voted to cut funding to your public library. Write a letter to the newspaper to complain about this issue. 

 

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Column A

Column B

Purpose
Formal letter
Audience
To inform and persuade
Language
Local residents and voters
Layout
Formal

Imagine that you were given the following task in an exam. Practice your planning skills by identifying the purpose, audience, language and layout.

 

You are holding a bake sale for Red Nose Day. Design a poster to encourage people to come and support your event.

 

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Column A

Column B

Purpose
To inform and persuade
Audience
Informal
Language
People interested in supporting charity, or eating...
Layout
Clear, colourful images

When you write to argue, you need to show a balanced perspective. You need to use positives and negatives, for and against your case, before concluding that one side is better than the other.

Organise these connectives into 'For' or 'Against' the case you might be making.

 For Against
Additionally
Conversely
Also
Furthermore
On the other hand
Moreover
Alternatively
However

How would writing a leaflet for the youth club and writing a letter to the Head teacher be different? 

 Youth club leaflet Letter to the Head teacher
Formal Language
Informal Language
Images
High text density
Low text density

Descriptive writing is often easier when we mention all of our five senses. Match each quotation with the correct sense. 

Column A

Column B

"leaden tongue"
Sight
"acrid smoke"
Taste
"film of mist"
Hearing
"as smooth as ice"
Smell
"piercing shriek"
Touch

In persuasive writing, techniques such as those listed below are useful in keeping the reader's interest and winning them over to your point of view. Match up the technique with the example. 

 

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Column A

Column B

Rhetorical question
Happy hoppy rabbit!
Rule of three
Education, education, education!
Alliteration
How many times have we been told?
Use of personal pronouns
We must unite on this issue.
Repetition
The first, last, and only time.

Read through these opening sentences for a persuasive text. Choose the most effective one. 

I want to persuade you about fox hunting.

Fox hunting is bad and evil.

Would you like to be chased, bleeding, by a pack of hounds?

Read through these opening sentences for a persuasive text. Choose the most effective one.

Reading to children helps them.

Bright, colourful and fun, that's what children's stories should be like!

If your child can't read well, they might fall behind.

  • Question 1

Imagine that you were given the following task in an exam. Practice your planning skills by identifying the purpose, audience, language and layout.

 

Your local town councillor has voted to cut funding to your public library. Write a letter to the newspaper to complain about this issue. 

 

(If you can't see all the writing written in the boxes, hover your mouse over the box).

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

Purpose
To inform and persuade
Audience
Local residents and voters
Language
Formal
Layout
Formal letter
  • Question 2

Imagine that you were given the following task in an exam. Practice your planning skills by identifying the purpose, audience, language and layout.

 

You are holding a bake sale for Red Nose Day. Design a poster to encourage people to come and support your event.

 

(If you can't see all the writing written in the boxes, hover your mouse over the box).

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

Purpose
To inform and persuade
Audience
People interested in supporting c...
Language
Informal
Layout
Clear, colourful images
  • Question 3

When you write to argue, you need to show a balanced perspective. You need to use positives and negatives, for and against your case, before concluding that one side is better than the other.

Organise these connectives into 'For' or 'Against' the case you might be making.

CORRECT ANSWER
 For Against
Additionally
Conversely
Also
Furthermore
On the other hand
Moreover
Alternatively
However
  • Question 4

How would writing a leaflet for the youth club and writing a letter to the Head teacher be different? 

CORRECT ANSWER
 Youth club leaflet Letter to the Head teacher
Formal Language
Informal Language
Images
High text density
Low text density
EDDIE SAYS
High text density means that there are a lot of words, and fewer, or no images. Low text density means that words are kept to a minimum and may be in large font.
  • Question 5

Descriptive writing is often easier when we mention all of our five senses. Match each quotation with the correct sense. 

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

"leaden tongue"
Taste
"acrid smoke"
Smell
"film of mist"
Sight
"as smooth as ice"
Touch
"piercing shriek"
Hearing
  • Question 6

In persuasive writing, techniques such as those listed below are useful in keeping the reader's interest and winning them over to your point of view. Match up the technique with the example. 

 

If you can't see the whole sentence in the boxes, hover your mouse over the box.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

Rhetorical question
How many times have we been told?
Rule of three
The first, last, and only time.
Alliteration
Happy hoppy rabbit!
Use of personal pronouns
We must unite on this issue.
Repetition
Education, education, education!
  • Question 7

Read through these opening sentences for a persuasive text. Choose the most effective one. 

CORRECT ANSWER
Would you like to be chased, bleeding, by a pack of hounds?
  • Question 8

Read through these opening sentences for a persuasive text. Choose the most effective one.

CORRECT ANSWER
Bright, colourful and fun, that's what children's stories should be like!
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