Literacy

Writing Targets

What you can do to meet your Writing Targets

  1. Capital Letters

    Use capital letters for proper nouns, e.g. names of people, places, wars, businesses, religions and, of course, after a full stop!

  2. Alphabetical Order

    You need to practise putting words into alphabetical order so that you can use a dictionary.

  3. 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.

  4. Spelling

    Check the spelling of any words you are not sure of. Use a dictionary. Learn from any mistakes that you make.

  5. Prefixes and Suffixes

    Be careful with the beginnings and endings of words. Check that they are correct by using a dictionary.

  6. Prefixes

    Be careful with the beginnings of words, e.g. un-, in-, dis-, im-, de-, pre- and mis-. Make sure that you are using the correct one. Use a dictionary to check that you are correct.

  7. Homophones

    Homophones are words which sound the same but have different meanings and spellings, e.g. bear/bare, there/their/they’re, to/too/two. Make sure that you use the correct spelling of the word that you need.

  8. Vocabulary

    Choose more interesting words. Use a thesaurus. Read more and when you come across interesting words, try to use them in your own writing.

  9. Synonyms

    Read back through your work and select words that could be replaced with more interesting ones. Use a thesaurus if one is available, but be sensible with your choice.

  10. Alternative Vocabulary

    You need to improve the vocabulary that you are using. Make use of a thesaurus, and try to think of more sophisticated words and ways of expressing yourself in your writing. Independent reading will help with this.

  11. Sentence Construction

    Read over what you have written to check that it makes sense.

  12. Understanding what makes a Complete Sentence

    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.

  13. End of sentence punctuation

    A sentence can end in three ways: with a full stop (.); with an exclamation mark (!); or with a question mark (?). Make sure that you use the correct end of sentence punctuation.

  14. Writing Punctuation

    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.

  15. Punctuation

    You need to focus on punctuating your work correctly, inserting full stops (.), commas (,) and capital letters where they are needed. You must punctuate speech correctly. If you are unsure of how to punctuate your work, you must ask for support. Look for games on the internet that teach you to punctuate.

  16. Commas

    You need to use commas within sentences. Read each sentence carefully and if you pause, insert a comma.

  17. Speech Marks

    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.

  18. Apostrophes

    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.

  19. 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.

  20. Sequencing

    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.

  21. 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.

  22. Using appropriate language

    You must think carefully about the person for whom you are writing. The language that you use must be suitable for your audience. Slang / informal language should not be used in formal situations / writing.

  23. Purpose and Audience

    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.

  24. Writing Styles and Formats

    Make sure that the style of your writing is suitable for your audience. You need to change your style of writing depending on who are writing for. You need to set out your work correctly so make sure that you use the correct format, e.g. formal letter / magazine article / speech.

  25. Using Appropriate Images to Present Information

    If you want to include an image in your work, make sure that it is interesting and carries the same message as your writing.

  26. Word Classes and Functions

    You need to learn the difference between nouns / verbs / adjectives / adverbs and how they work in a sentence.

  27. Proofreading

    It is extremely important that you read back through your own work and correct any mistakes that you have made. At the moment, you are not doing this carefully enough.