What you can do to meet your Writing Targets
You need to practise putting words into alphabetical order so that you can use a dictionary.
Spelling Key Words
Take time to look up and learn the spelling of key/important words. Correct misspellings and learn from any mistakes that you have made.
Check the spelling of any words you are not sure of. Use a dictionary. Learn from any mistakes that you make.
Read over what you have written to check that it makes sense.
You need to ensure that your sentences are complete and make good sense. Check through your work to ensure that punctuation has been used in a way that helps your reader understand what has been written.
Read over your work putting in commas and full stops. If it helps, read your work aloud and insert a punctuation mark when you pause.
You need to use commas within sentences. Read each sentence carefully and if you pause, insert a comma.
You need to learn how to punctuate speech correctly. Use games on the internet to practise. When you read speech, take notice of how punctuation is used.
You need to learn when to use an apostrophe (‘). Use games on the internet to practise. When you use an apostrophe in class, ask your teacher whether you have used it correctly.
Colons, Semicolons and Commas
You need to start being more adventurous with the punctuation that you use. As well as using commas, try to make use of the colon (:) and the semicolon (;). You need to know what these are and when to use them. Ask your teacher and use the internet.
Learn when to use words such as: but, and, so, however, whilst, whereas. Practise using these in sentences.
You need to organise your work properly using connectives, e.g. firstly, as a result, the next day, a moment later, consequently. Put your paragraphs in an order that makes sense.
An adjective describes a noun, e.g. It was a beautiful day.
Day is the noun, beautiful is the adjective.
When reading, practise spotting the adjectives and try using them in your own writing.
Subject – Verb agreement
A verb is a doing word, e.g. eating.
The subject of the sentence will be the person or thing who is doing this, e.g. the boy.
What you can do:
When writing, particularly when writing stories or recounts, control your use of tense, i.e. if you are writing in the past tense, make sure that all verbs are in the past tense.
You need to know when to use a new paragraph. You will need a new paragraph when you change:
- the time
- the place
- the person
- the mood of your writing
When reading, try to work out why an author has started a new paragraph.
Writing for an Audience
Before you begin writing, make sure that you know for whom you are writing. Adapt what you say to your audience
Many pieces of writing have their own unique layout and presentation.
What you can do:
Learn how different texts are presented, e.g. formal letter, leaflet, article.
Plan, Draft and Organise Writing
Plan your work in detail, taking into consideration how you will organise your work. Think carefully about content and language. Read through your work carefully and correct any mistakes that you have made.
Understanding Purpose and Audience of Text
Every piece of writing is written for a reason (purpose). Every piece of writing is aimed at a particular audience. Work out the purpose and audience of each text you read and write. This will help you understand the writing.
Organising Material Coherently
You need to organise your work in a way that is logical and interesting. Your reader needs to be able to follow your writing and understand clearly what you are trying to say. Paragraphing is important.
Present Information Persuasively
When writing, you need to use words / phrases and a tone that will affect what the reader will think. Read lots of texts that try to persuade or convince the reader to do something, e.g. advertisements, newspaper articles, leaflets. Try to work out how they manipulate what we think.