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11M4 / 11W2 This is just a quick reminder. It is not a comprehensive list. Make sure that you revise for your exams and proof read when in the exam. GOOD LUCK! Writing a story in the exam. Title – do this last when you know exactly what has happened in your story and you can pick a suitable title. Make it exciting and make your reader interested in what you have written. Plan your story first First sentence – make an impact. Use speech or short powerful sentences like, BANG! Exclamation marks and questions will grab the reader’s attention Introduction – give information about the place, character and plot to keep reader interested. Middle / Problem Climax – an event that is the highlight of the story before the problem is solved. Ending / resolution – the problem is solved. Settings – describe your setting – make your reader see what you are describing. War The Woods Factories Theme Park Haunted house Shopping centre On the Streets In a house Desert Characters – describe your characters but remember ‘show don’t tell’ – see notes below. Stories – Robbery / police chase Party Alcoholic / fight scene / drunk and disorderly football match Murder marriage Domestic abuse sporting match Jail Christmas Being arrested / car theft Birthdays Lose something An English lesson. Descriptive techniques Similes and metaphors Personification Onomatopoeia Colours The five senses Word classes – adjectives, adverbs, powerful verbs Paper 2 comprehensions Read through the texts and questions carefully. Highlight key words in the questions Attempt every question Look at the clock – don’t spend too much time on one question. Proof read your answers at the end Circle your designated sections for each question 5 marks = 5 points Quote for questions starting with ‘How’ or ‘Compare’ Do not write in lists – use full sentences and paragraphs If commenting on the writers in the articles, use either their full name or their surname. Look at the purpose of the articles – if it is a newspaper it may not be as reliable as other resources.
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