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Genres of Writing

Additional Imaginative Forms
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Mr. Skocik

on 31 January 2017

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Letter
Key Factors:
Formal or Informal
Formal or business letter = recipient is not known personally or professionalism is necessary
Informal = recipient is known (even if it's imaginary)
Punctuation & Tone
Tone determined by recipient
Punctuation includes:
1. Address of Sender
2. Date
3. Salutation & Name of Recipient
4. Farewell
5. Name of Sender
6. Address of Recipient (Formal Only)
Script
A script is the writing of a drama. The five factors to consider when writing a script are plot, character, setting, theme, and layout.
Newspaper/Magazine
Article
You must establish readership. This will have implications on the tone. You must be concerned with tone and layout.

Tone – The reader of your article will help you decide which tone to adopt. Is it formal or informal, chatty or conspiratorial?
Layout – Include a headline (short and eye-catching)
Sub-headings will be used to divide the article into sections
Sequence- not chronological; by order of importance (magazine ordered according to topics)
Interviews with key witnesses

Speech
Key factors are tone and delivery
Tone – Establish a confidential or conspiratorial tone depending on the chosen style of the speech (make the words jump from the page as if you were speaking). Are you humorous, serious, sarcastic?
Delivery - Always remember that what you are writing is meant to be spoken (Ladies and gentleman or Good morning, everyone).
• Use repetition and parallel structure for emphasis and rhythm
• Rhetorical questions
• Potentially address your audience
• Ethos, Pathos, Logos
Biography/Autobiography
"Writing about life” of someone other than yourself - Biography
Writing about yourself - Autobiography.
You may be asked to write about the life of some imaginary person. Two most important factors are tone and content.
Tone and Content – Assume a position of knowledge and information. Include personal details of character or events which are not likely widely known.
Little stories from the person’s life (anecdotes) help create the confidential tone.

Diary
The most important information to remember about a diary is that it is very personal. Regardless of whether or not you have kept a diary, you are aware that the keeper of a diary does so in order to record his/her innermost thoughts, reflections, and experiences. Therefore, we need to be aware of content & tone.
Genres of Writing - Imaginative
EQ: What are the various additional genres I may be asked to write in during Paper 1, part b (directed writing) and Paper 2, Section a/b?
The correct farewell in formal letters when the recipient's name is unknown is Yours faithfully.
If the name is known, the farewell should be Yours sincerely.
Only the first word in a farewell is capitalized.
4. Farewell
5. Name of Sender
3. Salutation & Name of Recipient
6. Address of Recipient
(Formal Only)
2. Date
1. Address of Sender
Informal
Task:
Imagine you are a grandparent of a teenager. Write a letter to your grandchild in which you both share news and ask for news, showing that you understand the concerns felt by a young person beginning to experience the adult world.
Formal
Task:
Your local newspaper has recently published an article describing teenagers as lazy and irresponsible. Write a letter to the editor in which you complain about the views expressed in the article.
Discursive/Argumentative Letters
Sometimes you will find an examination question asking for a letter under the section entitled Writing for an Audience (Paper 2, Section B.)
Content – Don’t just ramble. Narrative writing rules apply. Jot down what you want to achieve in your work before writing.
Do you want to develop a character, trace a plot, unravel a story?
Tone – the key to tone in diary writing is confidentiality. The reader must feel as if the writer is sharing secrets.
This can still be achieved with humor if desired (we are often more candid in our own minds than we are with our best friends)
The secrets don’t have to be momentous.

Diary
Task
Write a diary entry for someone for whom an important relationship has just changed in a serious or dramatic way.
Write a diary entry from the perspective of someone who will be leaving for college soon. Your entry should exemplify this person's inner conflict, anxiety, excitement, fear, goals, etc... Attempt to show growth in your character.
Plot, Character, Setting, and Theme – Don’t just ramble. Narrative writing rules apply. Jot down what you want to achieve in your work before writing (do you want to develop a character, trace a plot, unravel a story?)
Layout- Write the name of the speaker in capital letters followed by a colon. A script is mostly dialogue. When you need to show actions rather than words, use stage directions. Stage directions are shown within brackets.
Stage Directions
Group Script
To be performed in 20-25 minutes:

Write a script of a family discussion which begins with a letter arriving for one member of the family.
or
Write a script based in the idea of revenge.

Be Creative
Stage directions included
I need a copy during your performance
Task - Monologue
First monologue (include stage directions) – the thoughts of a soldier before battle

Second monologue (include stage directions) – the reaction of a loved one who is informed that their significant other has passed away in battle

Discursive/Argumentative Articles
Write a newspaper article called ‘Improving Your Chances.’ In it you give guidance and advice to teenagers on how they can be successful when attending job interviews.

A magazine publishes two contrasting articles, one called ‘Marriage is now an outdated concept’, the other called ‘Marriage is still the foundation of society’. Write the two articles (between 300–450 words each).

These two prompts were taken from Paper 2, Section B
Task:
Students at odd numbered seats:
Write the article, "Marriage is now an outdated concept".
Students at even numbered seats:
Write the article, "Marriage is still the foundation of society".
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Homework
Find two examples of articles, newspaper or magazine, with well-written headings and two examples of articles with headings which need edited.
You need to have the entire article.
Discursive/Argumentative
Speeches
Directed Writing
Imaginative Letter
Packet p. 7 - "Holiday"
Directed Writing
Imaginative Articles
Packet p. 9 - "Salmon Fishing"
Packet p. 11 - "Polar Bear"
Packet p. 14 - "Monopark 5000"
Directed Writing
Imaginative Speeches
Packet p. 4 - "Let Freedom Reign"
Packet p. 8 - Bush - New Orleans
Packet p. 10 - Chief Seattle
Task:
Write the speech you would give to your classmates entitled "My Ideal World".
Impromptu
Speech
You have 15-20 sec. to prepare for a 1 minute speech of my choice.
Good posture & eye contact are required.
Any takers?
(done without being planned, organized, or rehearsed)
Imaginative Carousel
Letter
Diary
Script
News./Mag.
Articles
Biography
Autobiography
Speech
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