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
- Sentence length variation
- Passive voice
- Varied punctuation
- Figurative language
Writing to Inform
- Quotes and testimonies – anecdote[s]
- Bullet points
- Address to appropriate audience
Writing to Persaude
- Facts and statistics
- Opinions as facts
- Direct address
- Rhetorical questions
- 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!
Currently sitting in a media classroom, attempting to muster up some form of revision by typing out some notes in how to structure my answers for tomorrow’s exam.
QUOTE! Select short phrases or key words from the text and infer from these what the reader may learn while they are reading the article. Aim to cover around 5 points in the time set, no analysis of language is required with this question, spend 15 minutes on Question 1 – this includes active reading time.
Remember to link the headline and picture back to the main body of text. The headline of the source will always include some device whether it be a metaphor or pun etc, highlight this while answering the question and refer back to the main text with a link. In addition to this, punctuation may be used for effect within the headline, pick up on this and again – link this with a point within the text.
In the second paragraph of your answer, it should be focused on the image within the article. Highlight what you can see – with the colour and features of the image. With these parts of the image, link it back to the main body of the text. REMINDER: DO NOT LINK THE HEADLINE AND PICTURE TOGETHER – YOU DO NOT GET MARKS FOR THIS! No conclusion is required for this. Spend 15 minutes on this question – this includes active reading time.
With this question, select main phrases which reflect on how the speaker feels in their situation. Don’t analyse any language – you do not get any marks for doing this! Just highlight the emotions that are expressed within then extract, and any connotations that may be there. As well as this, in the source there is normally a pivotal moment where the feelings change – if you can pick up on this, refer to it, as it shows the examiner that you have understood the source. Spend 15 minutes on this question – this includes active reading time.
Comparative question which should be answered in around 30 minutes. In the beginning mention the purpose of the sources briefly and that language is used in order to do this. Don’t go onto much about this. Your time should be spent picking out linguistic of the sources and comparing it to the other, use comparative vocabulary such as similarly, contrarily, on the other hand or likewise. These paragraphs should include a point each, for each source, so two points per paragraph with a quote to back up and a mention to the techniques.