Help booklet for GCSE English language exam

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How to be Successful on
English Paper 1:
Section A: How Writers
Achieve Effects
Part 3: Understanding how
Writers Achieve Effects -
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How Writers Achieve Effects ­ Basic Principles
The final questions on English Paper 1 will usually ask you to
demonstrate your understanding of how writers achieve effects in their
writing. You need to be able to show that you are aware of how different
audiences and purposes affect the linguistic and graphological
(layout) choices that a writer and designer makes.…read more

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Audience, Purpose and Tone
Complete the table below to consider the audience, purpose and
tone of the different texts.
Audience, Purpose and
Text Audience Purpose
The TV listings in the
Radio Times
An English Grammar
An Article on Climate
Change in National
An OfSTED report
`SPAM' e-mail about
`stay-at-home' jobs
The `Comment' section of
The Guardian
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Audience, Purpose and Tone
What is Audience?
Consideration of audience is crucial to the success of any text. When a
writer begins the process of planning their writing, they have to think
carefully about how their linguistic and graphological choices will suit
their intended audience. If a writer is systematic in their linguistic
choices the text they are writing will be successful.…read more

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Audience, Purpose and Tone
What is Purpose?
You can categorise the purpose(s) of texts in the following ways:
1. To Inform ­ the text is written to convey some information on a
particular topic.
2. To Persuade ­ the text is written to persuade the audience to think
or do something.
3. To Advise ­ the text is written to give advice to the reader.
4. To entertain ­ the text is written to offer entertainment.…read more

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The listings for the local cinema
A short story
Audience, Purpose and Tone
What is Tone?
The tone of a piece of writing is the how is comes across to the reader.
In other words, think about attitude, consider if you were speaking how
you would describe the way your attitude. The same is true of a piece of
writing, when you look at the tone of the piece of writing you are
thinking about the attitude that the writer has towards the reader.…read more

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A Letter to an MP
demanding more
frequent rubbish
A text book
describing human
The questions on an
Exam Paper.
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Word Choice & Vocabulary
Word Choice & Vocabulary
When a writer sets out to produce a text, they make a series of
linguistic choices. One of the most obvious decisions that they have to
make is to think about the types of words that will be included in their
text. The word choices that they make can be varied throughout a text.


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