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Narrative and Descriptive Writing

A creative planning document for for WJEC English Writing module (Controlled Assessment)

John Baker

on 22 June 2010

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Transcript of Narrative and Descriptive Writing

Creative Writing English Language Unit 3 CONTROLLED ASSESSMENT 30%
Unit 3: Literary reading and creative writing (80 Raw Marks; 60 UMS)
Studying written language: extended literary text (15)
Using language: creative writing (two assignments: 7.5 each: descriptive; narrative) ENGLISH Unit 3 Unit 3: English in the world of the imagination
Reading: literary texts (two assignments: 10% each): literary heritage poetry &
Shakespeare; different cultures prose
Writing: open writing (two assignments: 10% each): 1st and 3rd person narrative Controlled assessments 1st Person Narrative (10%) 3rd Person Narrative (10%) Descriptive Writing (7.5%) Narrative Writing (7.5%) 1st Person narrative writing 3rd person descriptive writing Unit 3 Assessment Criteria: Using language (writing)
Writing assignment 1 Narrative Writing
0 marks: nothing written, or nothing worthy of credit
Content and organisation (14 marks)
Band 1 1-4 marks
• basic sense of plot and characterisation
• simple chronological writing predominates
• narratives may have a beginning and an ending but content is likely to be undeveloped
• paragraphs may be used to show obvious divisions and to group ideas into some order
and sequence
• limited range of vocabulary is used with little variation of word choice for meaning or
Band 2 5-7 marks
• some control of plot and characterisation (e.g. perspective is maintained)
• narrative is beginning to show evidence of some conscious construction (e.g. some
appropriate use of dialogue; topic sentences are supported by relevant detail)
• there is an appropriate beginning and an apt conclusion
• narrative is developed to engage the reader’s interest
• paragraphs are logically ordered and sequenced
• there is some range of vocabulary, occasionally selected to create effect or to convey
precise meaning
Band 3 8-10 marks
• overall the writing is controlled and coherent
• plot and characterisation are convincingly sustained (e.g. dialogue helps to develop
• narrative is organised and sequenced purposefully
• narrative has shape, pace and detail, engaging the reader’s interest
• detailed content is well organised within and between paragraphs
• paragraphs of varied length are linked by text connectives and progression is clear
• there is some use of devices to achieve particular effects
• there is a range of vocabulary selected to create effect or to convey precise meaning
Band 4 11-14 marks
• the writing is developed with originality and imagination
• plot and characterisation are effectively constructed and sustained
• material is selected and prioritised to maintain interest
• narrative is purposefully organised and sequenced and well paced
• paragraphs are effectively varied in length and structure to control detail and progression
• cohesion is reinforced by the use of text connectives and other linking devices
• devices to achieve particular effects are used consciously and effectively
• a wide range of appropriate, ambitious vocabulary is used to create effect or convey
precise meaning
• confident and assured narrative which engages and holds the reader’s interest
Sentence structure, punctuation and spelling (6 marks)
0 marks: nothing written, or nothing worthy of credit
Band 1 1-2 marks
• sentences are mostly simple or compound
• compound sentences are linked or sequenced by conjunctions such as ‘and’ or ‘so’
• punctuation (full stops, commas, capital letters to demarcate sentences) is attempted
where appropriate and with some accuracy
• the spelling of simple words is usually accurate
• control of tense and agreement is uneven
Band 2 3 marks
• sentences are varied and both compound and complex sentences are used
• there is use of some subordination to achieve clarity and economy
• some control of a range of punctuation, including the punctuation of direct speech
• the spelling of simple and polysyllabic words is usually accurate
• control of tense and agreement is generally secure
Band 3 4 marks
• a range of grammatical structures is used to vary the length and focus of sentences
• simple, compound and complex sentences are used to achieve particular effects
• a range of punctuation is used accurately to structure sentences and texts, sometimes to
create deliberate effects, including parenthetic commas
• most spelling, including that of irregular words, is usually correct
• control of tense and agreement is secure
Band 4 5-6 marks
• there is appropriate and effective variation of sentence structures
• there is a sophisticated use of simple, compound and complex sentences to achieve
particular effects
• accurate punctuation is used to vary pace, clarify meaning, avoid ambiguity and create
deliberate effects
• virtually all spelling, including that of complex irregular words, is correct
• tense changes are used confidently and purposefully
It is presumed that candidates attaining Band 2 and above will have achieved the
criteria listed in the previous band(s). Fine tuning of the mark within a band will be
made on the basis of a 'best fit' procedure, weaknesses in some areas being
compensated for by strengths in others. Narrative Voice Plot Structure and Cohesion Syntax Unreliable narrator Tone and attitude Realism Originality Genre Realism Openings Foreshadowing & suspense Paragraphing English Sentence types Conversational vs written style Symbolism extended metaphor personification simile Poetic Devices
Figurative Language Narrative Voice omniscient internal/external subjective participant
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