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IGCSE English Language Paper 3- Directed Writing

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IGCSE English Language
Paper 3- Directed Writing

Question 2: narrative or descriptive writing
What else can we use?
What other language devices enhance descriptive writing?
Features of Descriptive Writing
One key feature of Descriptive Writing is Sensory Analysis.
Sensory Analysis
Using our senses to help enhance our descriptions.

Can you name all five senses?
Descriptive Writing
-uses vivid descriptions
-describes characters using detailed imagery
-gives the reader a powerful visual image of the scene
-Shows the author's feelings and thoughts through techniques mentioned above
-Usually written in the third person
Narrative Writing
-You tell the story to the reader
-Focus on the plot rather than descriptive details
-Usually written in the first or third person
-Not as reliant on adjectives as descriptive writing.





Can you give examples for each?

2 hours
2 questions.
This paper is the same for both Core and Extended

Question 1: Response writing task

Question 2: Choice of either narrative or descriptive writing (you only do one)
First person narrative
Tells (narrates) the story from the viewpoint of one of the characters.
Third person narrative
Tells (narrates) the story from the viewpoint of the writer, as if watching the story.
Question 1: Response writing task
What does this task ask you to do?
Write 250-350 words in response to a reading text.
What will I have to write?
a letter
a newspaper report
a magazine article
a dialogue
the words of a speech
a diary/journal entry
Top Tips for question 1:
make sure you read the question carefully, including the bullet points
read the text carefully
use a highlighter pen to identify parts of the text that will help you answer the bullet points
deal with all three bullet points equally
the third bullet point is usually testing your understanding of the implicit (inferred) meaning of the text...use your own ideas based on what the text implies.
proof read your writing at the end:- check your SPaG
Choose ONE question out of a choice of four (two narrative / two descriptive)
Top Tips for Question 2:
Planning is essential
Spend at least 5 minutes planning your composition
give your writing structure (use paragraphs!)
avoid repetition of material or vocabulary
ensure focus and relevance to the question
make sure you write the required number of words
concentrate on good expression and accuracy
proof read your writing at the end:- check your SPaG
Write 350-450 words
Paper 3 Directed Writing
Task: writing an effective description
Make the following sentence more effective by changing some words and adding descriptive words:
The man was walking along the street.
Suggested answer to task:
The ancient, bearded tramp in his tattered, grey overcoat and filthy shoes was shuffling along the damp and littered pavement.
Top Tip:
Verbs of locomotion describe more than just movement: they can convey the gender, age, social status, health, mood and personality of the character.
Examples: shuffle, stagger, skip, stroll, limp, totter, potter, meander, leap, dawdle, dash, sprint, hobble... can you think of any more?
You can use these in narrative and descriptive writing...
The five senses:
Can you think of adjectives related to each sense?
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