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Write in Formal Language: Santa

In this worksheet, students will use a series of questions to transform a first-hand eyewitness report into a formal, impersonal and concise report.

'Write in Formal Language: Santa' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 3

Year:  Year 9 English worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Writing

Curriculum subtopic:   Purpose and Audience Awareness

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

There has been an incident. Imagine that you are the police officer who has been sent to investigate.


Firstly, read the eyewitness statement:


The eyewitness report:

So Evie and me were shopping in the centre because her mum had given us £20 each because we looked after the dogs all week while she was in Florida. Anyway, so we went out to spend it and we were just going into the first shop when we saw Santa. Well, it obviously wasn't Santa because of what happened next, but he was all dressed up like Santa. Anyway, we thought it was a bit early because it's only October but all the shops have already got the Christmas stuff out, haven't they, so we figured that it was just an early Christmas kids thing going on. Anyway, after a bit we get bored and went to the milkshake bit near the middle and we were just watching people and having a laugh and then we saw him again, this time he ran out of a shop, and hid round near the staff only door. Then all these security guards came out and were talking into their handsets and stuff, and the Santa guy looked at us and put his finger on his mouth like a 'shush', like you'd do for little kids and then ran off again. Anyway, that's when we called the security blokes over and showed them where he's gone. We weren't that bothered about whatever he's done, but no-one treats me and Evie like babies!




Now we'll work through the following questions to write up your report in formal and impersonal language, from the statements given to you by eyewitnesses.


You can look at the eyewitness report at any time by clicking on the red help button.

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