Question 5 … the final frontier

We are just one question away. The final question for us to cover is … Question 5.

Question 5 is the shorter of the two writing questions. Worth 16 marks – 6 of those available for accuracy! It tends to ask you to write to write to:

  • Describe
  • Explain
  • Inform

It may ask you to do a mixture or it may ask you to stick to just one!

Previous questions have included:

  • Write a letter which you hope will be published in your local newspaper. Inform readers what leisure facilities are available for young people and families in your area and explain how you think they could be improved.
  • Write a brief article for a website of your choice telling your readers about an interesting or unusual journey or travel experience you have had. Explain why it was memorable.
  • The travel section of your local newspaper is inviting readers to write about their favourite place. Write a letter to the editor describing a favourite place you know and explaining why others would like it.

On Monday we will look at describe and explain. The revision session and lunchtime will be an extension of the lesson. It would be useful for you to attend to help with Tuesday’s mock.

A video here to take a look at before Monday’s lesson. Not the best commentary but you can clearly see an example response to a Q5 task.

Couple of tasks to help with Question 5 prior to Monday:

  • Look outside of your bedroom window. List four things you can see. For each thing, describe how it looks, sounds, tastes, smells, feels. Write four sentences, each one beginning with an adverb or an adjective or an exciting verb. For example: Whirling across the road, the leaves brushed the tarmac, bruising the cold concrete with the fresh, acrid smell of decomposing life
  • Plan this essay in 15 minutes: Journeys can be exciting, boring, or a mixture of both. Describe a journey you have made so that the reader can imagine it clearly. Focus on vocabulary choices, using a thesaurus, and build up detail and description. Remember to make it interesting and to gain marks as soon as your pen hits the paper: ‘It was a matter of life or death.’ ‘Arriving on time was essential.’ ‘Panic exploded in my ears as I sprinted towards the train.

Have a nice weekend – ensure you spend some time revising.

Miss O

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