How to get a C or above on the creative writing

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1. How to get a C or above on the creative writing English Paper 1 Section B2

3. Varying sentence structure -ing Sighing with sheer relief, the student left Mrs Burr’s classroom. -ed Pushed through the door, the student fell over the examiner. adverb Happily singing, the students left the exam. adjective Frightened and scared, the students entered the zone of terror that was the exam room.

4. -ing Try beginning some sentences in your description with ing clauses. eg: Struggling to clear his nose, the pensioner snorted loudly into his chequered handkerchief. Don’t forget the comma.

5. -ed Try beginning some sentences in your description with ed adjectives or verbs eg: Sharpened pencils lay on the desk, ready to battle through the exam paper. Don’t forget the comma.

6. Adverbs Adverbs tell us how something happens and usually end in –ly. Try beginning some sentences in your description with an adverb eg: Sadly, the examiner read yet another story about drunken teenagers. Don’t forget the comma.

8. Adjectives Adjectives are descriptive words. Try beginning some sentences in your description with adjectives eg: Depressed and alone, the examiner continued to wade through the papers. Don’t forget the comma.

9. Make your sentences interesting (please) Wondering why……………, the receptionist answered the phone. Saddened…………………., the soldier read the letter. Gloomily………………….,……………………….. Ecstatic and overjoyed,……………………… ……………..,…………………………………………….

10. What is a C? Content/organisation /14 Controlled writing Plot and characterisation sustained Purposefully sequenced Engaging narrative Detailed content Varied paragraphs Range of vocabulary SS, P, S /6 Range of sentence structures Effective and accurate range of punctuation Most spelling correct Secure control of tense and agreement

11. Sample answers Read the two sets of answers for ‘A time when you took part in sport’ and ‘The Visit’ Which one of each pair is the best? Why? Provide a mark for each answer using the mark scheme What advice would you give to the writers of ‘The Visit’ pieces about how to improve their responses to a C grade?

12. A time when you took part in sport i) Captures the excitement of bicycle race. Uses short and long sentences to show anticipation and speed. Only occasional spelling and punctuation errors. Comments on thoughts and feelings. Very secure in C/B band. ii) Short sentences convey sense of urgency. Descriptions of being in water are realistic. Use of rhetorical questions involves the reader. Not sure whether the narrator will succeed until the end so keeps the reader hanging on. In grade B/A areas, worthy of consideration for an A.

13. The Visit i) Not focused on the task but more about student’s knowledge of Yamaha bikes. Poor spelling and punctuation impair the response. Control of plot is lost so needs better structure. Just fits into D/E band. ii) More about a journey than a visit. Narration switches repeatedly from first to third person so quite confusing. Writing is engaging and bright enough to earn a D/E mark.

14. What not to do! Avoid boring, predictable, unimaginative content eg. The Party = drunken teenage party, The Journey = packing to go on holiday, getting to airport, queuing up, getting on plane blah, blah, blah Avoid writing about fantasy/science fiction unless you are really good at it – no aliens, vortexes. Keep your ideas as realistic as possible. Avoid too much gore and horror in your story as it makes it less realistic and stops the development of a tense atmosphere. Avoid, “and then I woke up and it was only a dream.”

15. Examples of ‘what not to do’! Plot developments involving aliens Having a vortex open up in the purple sky Spoofs of Shaun of the dead It was a normal day……then robots tried to take over the world……

16. A good example of an original idea Everyone said you shouldn’t go back but I could not resist that lingering smell of doughy perfection that was making its way from the bakery we had just passed. You know the smell; hot, creamy and delicious. The type of smell that wraps you up in its appealing tentacles of sugary heaven. The type of smell that tempts you in with its voice that sounds so safe.

17. Interpreting the title How could you create an original and interesting idea from a boring title? The Party Journey of a lifetime The Fugitive

18. Final pieces of advice Limit the action to two or three main events – make a lot of a little (e.g. car journey, opening exam results) Consider conventions of story structure: Exposition Complication Climax Resolution Avoid including too many characters

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