Section B help for GCSE English Language

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How to be Successful on English Paper 1:
Section B: Writing to
Argue, Persuade or
Advise
English Paper 1, Section B
Writing to Argue, Persuade or Advise
You should spend 45 minutes on this section.
In this section you will have a choice of three
questions.
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You must answer one question from the choice of three.
The tasks might be linked to the texts in Section A.
This section will assess your ability to:
Write clearly and coherently.
Adapt your writing for different purposes and audiences.
Write in different generic styles.
Organise your prose into controlled sentences and paragraphs.
Use a range of linguistic features for effect.
Write technically accurate prose.
There are 27 marks available in this section.…read more

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KEY THINGS TO THINK ABOUT WHEN PREPARING TO WRITE
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Writing to Argue, Persuade and Advise: Key Linguistic Features
Feature of Language Example Explanation Per Arg Adv Your Own Example
Outrageous, horrific, These are adjectives that
Emotive Adjectives unbelievable, fantastic, appeal to the reader's feelings
breathtaking and emotions
Powerful Verbs Must, stop, act, These are verbs that demand
believe, think, do action from the reader
This will be the single This helps to show the reader
Exaggeration greatest mistake you the importance of acting upon
will ever make. what is written.…read more

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Rhetorical Question How would you react if Rhetorical questions help to
this was your only make the audience think
chance? about what has been written.
Feature of Language Example Explanation P Ar A Your Own Example
A recent survey found Using facts and statistics like
Facts and Statistics that 75% of people this helps to persuade the
thought this was a reader because it makes the
terrible idea. writing seem factually true.
This is effective because it is
Alliteration Britain's best bargains memorable.…read more

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Writing to Argue, Persuade and Advise
Tricks to Use
The Examiner is looking for you to demonstrate your ability to use language for effect. However this is not
an entirely creative exercise. You need to be strategic too. There are a series of skills that can seriously
increase the mark you are awarded for this section if you demonstrate that you can do them confidently.
1. Syntax
Think back to the work that you did on sentence structures and syntactical functions in Section A.…read more

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Word Choice
The examiner is looking for you to demonstrate the versatility of your vocabulary. Therefore it is imperative ­ where
appropriate ­ that you endeavour to use a blend of word choice for effect. Try to show that you have mastery of a wide
range of words and can use them for effect
In real terms this means:
Use a range of different words for deliberate effect.
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Look back at the work that we have done on punctuation.
Practise using a range of punctuation marks in your writing in preparation for the examination.
In the exam, use a range of punctuation accurately and appropriately.
3. Innovation
Place yourself in the position of the examiner: they will have read around 400 exam scripts by the time they have
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THIS DOES NOT MEAN THAT UNDUE ECCENTRICITY IS LIKELY TO BE REWARDED ­ BEING DIFFERENT, AND
QUIRKY, FOR ITS OWN SAKE IS NOT INNOVATIVE BUT SUICIDAL!
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