By Sue Morkane
Routledge – 2004 – 112 pages
Series: Routledge A Level English Guides
* provides students with the practical skills they need to write confidently and effectively for different purposes and audiences
* examines the conventions and styles of different types of original writing, such as writing to entertain, writing to inform and writing to persuade
* looks at a wide range of examples of successful writing, including extracts from The Office, Health Education leaflets, Kerrang! and students' own work
* includes a guide to planning and writing commentaries
* explores problematic areas and includes advice from experts in a range of areas, from radio to song writing.
Written by an experienced teacher, author and AS and A2 Level examiner, Original Writing is an essential resource for students of AS and A2 Level.
Acknowledgements. Introduction. Assessment Objectives. How Can you Use this Book? 1. The Commentary Some of the Best Writing Breaks the Rules. Why do you Have to Write a Commentary? That Initial Inspiration. Doing the Background Research. Designing your Text. Identifying the Significant Features. Drafts and Redrafts. Audience Feedback. Differentiation. The Style Model. Putting it all Together. 2. Writing to Entertain - The Short Story. Finding your Voice. The Structure. Beginnings. Point of View. Showing not Telling. The Effectiveness of Humour. Writing to Entertain - Other Ideas: Poetry, Song Writing, Writing for Children. 3. Writing to Entertain - Spoken Text The Dramatic Monologue. Sketch Writing. Radio, Television, Play and Film Scripts. And Now for Some Ideas for Plots. 4. Writing to Inform (a) The Personal Voice. The Feature Article. Know your Genre - Newspapers, Magazine Writing, Reviews, the Interview. (b) The Public Voice - Investigation and Public Information. Who 'Owns' the Text? The Issue of Formality. 5. Writing to Instruct and Advise. Think of your Audience. What are the Features of an Instructive Text? How to Make it Interesting. More Advice than Instruction. And Finally, Some Advice from Aunty. 6. Voicing Argument: The Art of Persuasion. (a) Friends, Romans, Countrymen Persuasive Speech (b)Persuasion in Print The Issue of Plagiarism. How to Get Started
Sue Morkane is coordinator of English Language at Richard Huish Sixth Form College, and is a Senior Examiner in English.