Vo Revises English Language Q5-6

For these two questions, they could ask you to do various things. Will try and cover them here, and in note form so it easy to understand for all!

Writing to Describe

  • Adjectives
  • Sentence length variation
  • Passive voice
  • Hyperbole
  • Alliteration
  • Varied punctuation
  • Metaphors
  • Sibilance
  • Simile
  • Personification
  • Figurative language
  • Adverbs
  • Onomatopoeia

Writing to Inform

  • Quotes and testimonies – anecdote[s]
  • Bullet points
  • Statistics
  • Address to appropriate audience
  • Facts
  • Objective

Writing to Persaude

  • Adverbs
  • Anaphora
  • Repetition
  • Facts and statistics
  • Opinions as facts
  • Direct address
  • Anecdote
  • Rhetorical questions
  • Triplets
  • Emotive language
  • Appeal to authority

Writing to Explain

With this, if it comes up – plan ahead a few bullet points related to the question, and then when writing elaborate on each point. In a sense you are describing each point, but in detail which means explain. It is a very awkward question to get if we do, but that’s what I would do!

The two creative writing pieces are worth 16 and 24 marks which is over half the paper. Timings for Q5 should be 25 minutes, leaving Q6 with 35 minutes. Through the two pieces, I tend to use a lot of sarcasm and humour as that engages the reader/examiner and makes it more fun to read!


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