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Year 9 Travel Writing - Main

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In groups, annotate the webpage to show the key features.
Can you find:
The name of the company
A search option
Adverts for holidays
Access to different types of holidays
Different destinations
Discounts or offers
For each item you annotate, write next to it whether it is effective or not.
At the bottom, write down who you think the target audience is (male/female, age?) and explain your reasons.

Year 9 Travel Writing
Aim: Can you describe a landscape using travel writing skills?
Final Destination
Work in pairs
Discuss these questions with your partner:
1. What does a piece of travel writing aim to do?
2. Where would you expect to find travel writing?
3. What would you expect to see in a piece of travel writing?

What is travel writing?
We will be:
Analysing different types of travel writing
Analysing the way in which travel brochures are laid out
Writing to persuade, describe and complain
Developing a new vocabulary and writing style

Aims for this unit
Comparing Travel Writing texts
In pairs, you will be given two pieces of travel writing. Each of you should read one of the travel writing texts.

You should fill in one column on the grid each, based on what you read and understand.

Then you will compare what you have found with your partner, so that you both have a complete grid.
What are the key features of a successful piece of travel writing?
Copy down any that you didn't get
1. Covers out-of-the-ordinary subject matter.
2. Uses humour to engage the reader.
3. Uses the first person.
4. Has a sense of the writer’s personality.
5. Uses personal experiences and anecdotes.
6. Uses descriptions throughout (noun phrases, metaphors, similes)
to create a picture in the reader’s mind.
7. Can be informal in tone.
8. Includes facts about the place being described.
9. Uses lists of three adjectives (describing words) for impact.
10. Has a bright and lively tone
Lesson One
Lesson Two
1. Look at this picture closely. You have three minutes to write down as many words as you can that describe and represent the landscape.
Look carefully at this photo. Fill in the table with a list of positive and negative words that describe or represent this landscape.
In Pairs
Quick Test
Who can name one technique that makes travel writing effective?
This paragraph is supposed to describe landscape two in a negative way, but it is awful! Why is it so bad? What could we do to help this poor travel writer?

This landscape looks cold and boring. There is lots of snow and it all looks white and nothing is happening. I don’t like this landscape because it looks dull and I think I would be very cold there.
Travel Writers: You must now pick one of these pictures and write a paragraph describing it positively or negatively.
It must sound professional and interesting. Remember the KEY FEATURES OF TRAVEL WRITING!

Don't forget to use bias!
A final thought….

Let’s hear some of your fantastic paragraphs. What is good about them? Which features have you used?
How have you shown bias?

How did you do?
2. Use the post it note to copy down your favourite and come and stick it on the board.
Aim: To develop your vocabulary and practise your descriptive writing skills
Describing St.Albans
Why would anyone want to come to St.Albans for their holiday?
How many words can you come up with to replace 'Nice' in a description about a place?
Now do the same for 'Boring'.
What has the writer done to improve the first text and make it descriptive?
I live in a small town near the seaside. It’s a busy place and lots of things happen here. In the summer, when the weather is good, a lot of visitors come to my town. They get here by car but also by bus. When they get here they spend most of their time on the beach or in the shops.

I live in a small, picturesque town close to the coast. It’s a busy, bustling place where many exciting events occur. In the height of summer, when the sun is blazing and the skies are blue, hordes of visitors descend on the town. They usually travel by car or by bus. When they arrive they tend to divide their time between the sandy beach and the colourful shops.

IN ROUGH, write a descriptive piece of writing about the town of St Albans, picking out the key features and making it sound like an interesting place to visit.

Which features would you discuss?

Your Task
Peer Assessment
Did you remember to use the key features of travel writing?
Read the work of your partner and consider:
- Have they used interesting words? (Underline the
examples that you think are most effective)
- Have they made St Albans sound exciting?

Write a comment and a target at the bottom.

Sensory adjectives
Lists of three
Creates a picture
Formal or informal
First/second/third person
Bright and lively tone
Don't forget purpose and audience!
Write up and adapt/finish your piece of writing on St Albans, taking into account your partner’s advice.
Due Monday 23rd September

Aim of the Lesson:
- To develop your use of varied and interesting vocabulary.
- To create a country
Creating Your Country
Developing your Descriptive
Writing Skills
Step One: Adjectives
It is important to use a range of descriptive skills to enhance your writing. One key skill to develop is your use of interesting and varied adjectives.

To practise, choose adjectives to add in to these sentences to make them more exciting.
- There was a café in the centre of the town.
- The village is situated two miles from the sea.
- The mountains could be seen from the hotel.

Next week, you are going to be completing a piece of travel writing as your main assessment.
This means you are going to have to have somewhere to practise writing about. However, you are not just going to choose a country to focus on. You are going to be creating your own country, and specific place.

You’ve got to think very carefully about your country before you make any decisions. This country has got to:
Be somewhere that people are going to want to visit.
Be appealing, exciting and diverse.
Be somewhere that you can sell to your reader.
Have something ‘special’ that makes people choose this country over others in the world.
1. What is the name of your country?
2. Where in the world is your country(roughly)?
3. What are the native people like?
4. What does your country look like from space? Is it an island or attached to other countries?
5. What are the main cities or parts of your country(at least three)?
6. What is the weather like? Is it the same or does it differ depending on where you are?

7. What are the best parts of your country to visit? (City? Beach? Mountain? Why?)
8. How can you get to your country and how much will it cost?
9. Where can you stay in your country?
10. What is the food like?
11. Are there any interesting plants or animals to see?
12. Are there any key landmarks (like Buckingham Palace and Hyde Park in London)?

Fill in the sheet to answer/give details about the following questions
EXT: Write a paragraph in which you introduce your country to a potential tourist, picking out the key points and features.

Developing Ideas About Your Country
Aim: - To understand how holiday jargon works
- To create an informative poster of your country
‘The Hotel Plusha is a four-star hotel offering all the amenities; a jewel set in the unspoilt, idyllic island of Crusos. This friendly, family-run hotel has something to offer everyone. Situated within easy reach of the bustling market town of Rios, yet far enough away to offer seclusion, the Plusha provides simple, carefree accommodation. A heated swimming pool, beautifully terraced gardens, magnificent views and superb food combine with non-stop entertainment to make your stay an unforgettable one.’

Is this an accurate description of this hotel, or has it been distorted?
Learning how to use Holiday Jargon
Your Task
Create a poster about your country.
On this poster you should include:
- A picture of your country, or pictures of some key areas of your country, with captions
- The key features that will ‘sell’ your country, written in a way that would appeal to the reader.
- Try to make some use of holiday jargon.

Aim: To analyse the key features of a holiday brochure
Creating an Informative Analytical Poster
What is the aim of a holiday brochure?
How do you think a travel brochure will differ from descriptive travel writing?
Choose a different page at random.
Make sure it has several pictures on it.
- How many pictures are there?
- What are the pictures of?
- How are the pictures placed on the page?
- Do they vary in size? Why?
- Is the use of colour effective? In what way?
- Is there more writing or pictures? Why do you think this is?
- Would these pictures help to persuade the reader to buy a holiday? Why?

Choose a page at random. Make sure it
has lots of text on it.
- Write down at least two facts.
- Write down three examples of descriptive words.
- Is it written in first or third person? Why?
- Write down at least two examples of words or phrases that persuade you to choose this holiday destination, rather than just give you facts.
- Is it easier to find facts or persuasive language? What does this tell you about brochures?
- Would the writing convince the reader to purchase a holiday? Why?

Your Task
Using your brochure, investigate the following
Is purpose and audience the same for both ?
What did you discover?
Task Two
Create an informative poster
Cut out and stick down examples of the following:
- Headings – important words in large text
- Signposts – heavier type or - - subheadings
- Different font types
- Different font styles (italics, capitals, bold, underline)
- Borders or shading
- Use of text boxes
- Use of colour

These are all things that relate to the format and layout of the text
CHALLENGE - What else can you find examples of?
Answer this question in your book
How does a holiday brochure convince the reader to buy a holiday?
To finish:
Aim of the Lesson:
To create a hotel and produce an advert about the hotel using your descriptive skills.
Writing to Persuade
What are the key features
of a hotel advert?
What information does the
consumer need to know?

Read through the hotel advert.
Underline the key information and label it on the side (i.e. Casanova would be labelled ‘Name of hotel’)
Then circle all the persuasive words that have been used within this advert.
Consider: is it an effective advert? What is ineffective? What else could have been done to make it more effective?

Your Task
Answer the following questions to create ideas for your own hotel:
Where exactly will your hotel be? Is it close to a town or the beach?
What will your hotel be called?
How many rooms does your hotel have?
Is your hotel family-friendly? What makes it suitable for families (or not suitable)?
What key facilities does your hotel have?
Does your hotel have a restaurant?
What can a customer expect from your hotel – is there anything that makes your hotel special?

EXT: Draw a picture of your hotel and label the picture to show what you have depicted.

Creating Your Own Hotel
Write the text of the advert for your hotel.
Describe the hotel and the key facilities that it has, making it sound appealing to the reader.
Your aim is to convince the reader to visit your hotel.
You should sell the good points – don’t forget to use holiday jargon.

At this point, just create the text of your advert. You will put together the other features of the advert when you write your brochure.

Writing Your Advert
Why would I want to book this hotel over any others?
Adverts for hotels often feature ‘pull quotes’ in which people comment on the hotel.

Write a sentence from the point-of-view of a customer – what would they say about your hotel?

Final Task
Writing a Review
Aim of the Lesson:
To produce a review of your hotel, using persuasive techniques and jargon
Features of Successful Review Writing
Present a balanced view
Make sure you include, explicitly or implicitly, your own opinion
Use adjectives that allow the reader to see your opinion of the hotel
Provide a summary of the key features of the hotel
Make it persuasive
Allow the reader to make an informed decision

Can you identify the key features of review writing?
What can we say about these examples?
What is the writer's purpose and how is it achieved?
How does this differ?
How has the writer used persuasive language to reinforce their point?
Can you find any other techniques?
Is this an effective review?
This hotel is a superb L.A. getaway, especially considering that it requires no getting away. Both locals and visitors find that it works. Though squeezed onto a crowded coastline, the inn offers an uncrowded beach—at least during low tide—and expansive sweeps of the Pacific. The original three-story Spanish Revival building has been retrofitted with some 21st-century elements. The new entrance has a sleek feel, with a sexy waterwall perennially cascading beside the entrance. Doormen and valets—definitely the new owner's idea—help to justify the extravagant rate increases. The sumptuous interior design helps, too.
Your Task
Write a review of
your hotel
, from the point-of-view of a customer who has just stayed in your hotel.
Suggested structure:
The location
The rooms in the hotel
The facilities
The food/drink
The staff
A final judgement – what was it like to stay in the hotel?

How did you do? Read over your work and try to work out which level you should be given:

Does your writing match the purpose of writing a review? Did you choose words for their effect? – then you are a
Level 5

Does your writing sustain an appropriate style throughout? Did you use well-chosen words to create particular effects? – then you are a
Level 6

Did you write skilfully, sustaining an appropriate style throughout? Did you deliberately choose adventurous and sophisticated vocabulary? – then you are a
Level 7
What does it mean to 'Persuade'?
Travel Brochure

Aim of the Lesson:
To use persuasive writing to create a convincing travel brochure.

You are now going to create a brochure in which you aim to convince your reader to choose your country to visit.

You have already made a start on some of the sections of the brochure. For the rest of the term, at home, you will be adding to these ideas and writing it up neatly.

Your Travel Brochure
Picture of your country, with the name of the country and some idea of what will be inside your brochure (regions or areas of your country)

Structure of your Brochure
Introduction/overview of the country
Include key information about the country (one page):
-The reasons why the reader should visit
-The key features of this holiday destination
-Holiday jargon to make your country sound appealing
-Interesting vocabulary

Front Page
Write out your hotel advert neatly, including pictures. Make sure you use the style of a hotel advert, including using a star rating and writing the key features of the hotel in a bullet-point list.

You should create a few more, smaller hotel adverts that could also be included in your brochure.

Hotel Adverts
Analysing Web Pages
Many webpages have target audiences – they will be aiming at a specific age group and gender.
For each of the following webpages, who do you think the target audience is? Why?

Brochures are still an important part of travel writing. However, more people now book their holidays on the internet.
This means that companies have to make their webpages easy to access and user-friendly.
What features would you want on a webpage?
Why might a webpage be a more effective way
of advertising a holiday?
Class Annotation - What features can you see on this website? Who is the target audience?
Your Task
What did you find out, that you didn't know, about St.Albans?
What words or phrases can you use to express your opinion?
Writing to advise
WAF2 - Purpose and Audience
WAF4 - Layout
WAF7 - Vocabulary
What is advice?

Can you think of any examples where you might give someone some advice?

What is the purpose?
If we want someone to listen to us, and follow our advice, what rules do we need to follow?

Be clear
Always give the reader a choice
Be encouraging and motivating
Be polite
Be balanced and fair
Make sure it is engaging/interesting
Be persuasive, but not too pushy
the problem to show why it's happening.
If appropriate to your audience, use informal, even chatty, English to create a
empathic tone.
Make suggestions that are genuinely
Address the reader directly

as 'you' and use the 'inclusive "we"' to make it personal and to include yourself in the problem.
why the advice is worth taking or what the
could be.
Think about the different kinds of sentences you could use.
Vary the way your sentences open and develop.
Vary their length: short sentences can be snappy and catchy; long sentences can be descriptive and informative.
Recipe for Success
Your Task: Write an Advice Leaflet for a family going on an RV holiday
Over the next few lessons, you are going to be watching a film called 'RV'.
As you are watching, you will need to make notes about every mistake the family makes/every negative thing that happens.
This is the information you will need to come up with the advice that you are going to include in your leaflet.
Task: Choose one of the situations below and come up with a list of 10 pieces of advice you might give to someone...
Going on a skiing holiday
Going on Safari
Going on a Hiking holiday
Going to a very hot destination
Thinking Points

What kinds of sentence starters or phrasing might you use when giving advice?

Why is this important?
Leaflet Layouts
Leaflets are not meant to be plain and boring.

Using the examples you can see, what features should you include when creating your own?
Leaflets should:
Be bright and colourful
Have different sections
Use a range of formats of writing e.g. bullet points, paragraphs, captions, lists etc.
Contain images
Contain a few different fonts and sizes of writing
Have a range of helpful information and tips
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