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Transcript of Recreations

Recreations Creative Writing Skills Needed Vocabulary Exam Practice 1. Sophistication and subtlety; flair!
2. Artful use of language- the perfect words to express.
3. Impressive use of form for purpose and audience.
4. Whole text coherence- good flow and pace.
5. Paragraphs support your meaning.
6. Varied & sophisticated sentence structures.
7. Punctuation purposefully shapes the meaning.
8. Spelling accurate. LO: To be able to apply a wide range of vocabulary artfully. In your exam, you will be given 6 questions.

- 4 reading questions
- 2 writing questions (one shorter and one longer)

Question 6 is worth the most marks in your paper.
It will either ask you to write to persuade or to argue.

Today you will practise using last year's question We will begin with... Varied & sophisticated sentence structures LO: To be able to vary sentences for effect. 1. Discuss on your tables:
What is a Minor, Simple, Compound and Complex sentence?
2. Write an example of each in your book. Starter: Sentences Simple: The cat sat on the mat Compound The cat sat on the mat and it ate its crummy dinner. Complex: Ready to eat its crummy dinner, the cat sat on the mat. Practice Think back to the Olympics and think of an Olympian you saw winning gold.

I've picked Mo Farah.

Your task is to describe, in a paragraph or two, the moment this person won gold using a variety of all four sentence types.

You will have a go and then I will show you mine. He's taken the lead. Sweat pours, blood pumps and a heaving congregation worships with a roar. Snapping his neck to the left, he clocks the might of East Africa behind him. Their eyes are fixed and their mouths are clamped with steely determination. He has one lap to go. With unspoken desperation, he surges onwards. Faster. Faster and faster. He can see it now! God, he can almost taste it through the sweat and the ghastly air! Keep... going. The crowd are out of their seats now. His arms are pumping, his legs will surely tear and his lungs will soon burst! Just... a... few... more... strides... and... there!
He crosses in first place! Fevered to breaking point, the spectators detonate their cries in unison. He's done it. Mo takes a hug from the runner in red and falls to kiss the ground. Lifting his head, he savours the rapture. His heart is still chundering. His airways are fraught. This... is paradise. Cobwebs spanned the corridor.

Leaves fell as the wind blew.

Beautiful stars filled the sky. Use a noun or adjective While Tom waited, the bus came.

After they had their dinner, they ate dessert.

Although your menu has some healthy items, many are not good for you.

Despite, When, Even though, Because, However, So, Use a connective Giggling and laughing, they ran to school.

Waiting for the others, Jade stared up at the sky. Use a verb – an ‘ing’ clause Like a mouse, he tiptoed through the house.

Brave lions, they stepped into battle

As swift as a bird, she glided through the air. Use a simile or metaphor Sadly, Crazily, Disappointingly,
Regretfully, Steadily, Happily,
Slowly, Mournfully, Graciously Astonishingly, the bus arrived on time.

Unfortunately, I cannot make it to your party.

Cautiously, she removed the bandage. Use an adverb – an ‘ed’ or ‘ly’ Devastated,
Ambivalent Lonely, she walked the corridor.

Elated, he jumped for joy.

Jealous, she tore up his clothes.

Angry, they fought for hours Use a feeling Think of an exciting scene in a film you like. Describe the scene in third person.

You must:

1. Use a variety of sentence types including Minor, Simple, Compound and Complex.

2. Use a variety of sentence openings. Task 1. The trouble with smacking is that it is easy to continue smacking after the event when the child no longer knows what the smack is for. (carry on)
2. Globalisation means that big firms _________ and start to take over the towns. (get bigger)
3. GCSE coursework is very important. It will help me ________ the grade I am looking for in my results. (get)
4. Promoting size zero as the norm is a _______ idea. (bad)
5. I can improve my marks by using _________ vocabulary. (more difficult)
6. Using a mix of complex, compound and simple sentences is also a _________ way of increasing my marks. (very good) Write a full description of this character without using the letter 'e' at all. Setting

Setting isn't included in stories for its own sake. Sometimes the best way of letting your audience know how a character is feeling is to describe him/her moving through a setting. Choose a setting. Make a character walk through the setting. Describe how they move and describe the setting using sophisticated vocab. Do not tell me directly how the character is feeling. Let the reader work that out. I jerked upright, the drifting aimless thoughts pushed away and replaced with a consuming anger at what had happened. I screamed at the wind. Swearing and yelling blind.
“On the last bloody lower, and after all that pain.”
Words wasted into the snow and wind, shouted to no one in particular in a shaking fury of bitterness and grievance. Idiot words, as meaningless as the hissing empty wind around me. Anger surged through me. It warmed me, shook me, driving the cold off in a tirade of obscenities and frustrated tears. I cried for myself and swore at myself. Everything came down to me. It was my knee that was smashed. I had fallen, and I was dying, and Simon with me.
The rope slipped. I bounced down a few inches. Then again. Had he freed the knot? I slipped again. Stopped. Then I knew what was about to happen. He was coming down. I was pulling him off. I hung still, and waited for it to happen. Any minute, any minute … From 'Touching the Void' Write down the sentence in which you think Joe Simpson has used the strongest vocabulary. Pick all the words or phrases that are effective and explain why in as much detail as you can i.e.

“fallen”- verb “fallen” has connotations with death which is what could happen.
“dying”- emotive adjective reminds us of the seriousness of the situation
“and Simon with me” – the last clause reminds us of Simon and the pain he is going through. “I had fallen, and I was dying, and Simon with me.” Final Task Draft an opening to your piece, using effective vocabulary to describe character and setting. Use a poem as the basis for a short story. 6. ‘Life is too easy for young people today. They lack challenges and don’t have to fight for anything.’

Write an article for a magazine of your choice which persuades your readers that this statement is either right or wrong.

35 minutes/24 marks
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