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Article

  • Format - Article
  • Audience - in the question
  • Topic/Tone - in the question
  • Purpose - in the question
  • Lively title to attract the audience
  • Introduction - introduce the topic and keep the audience's attention
  • 3 or 4 main ideas
  • Conclusion - final opinion and engage audience
  • 'Wow' start and end
  • Clear topic sentences
  • Language techniques
  • Structure
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Review

  • Format - Review
  • Audience - in the question
  • Topic/Tone - in the question
  • Purpose - in the question
  • Aim to give opinions in a lively, entertaining style
  • Exact tone and formality will depend on publication and audience
  • 3 or 4 main ideas
  • Engage the reader - exciting, lively, some colloquial phrases, humour, statistics
  • Personal response
  • Overview
  • Informal tone/sometimes formal
  • Effect the target audience
  • Light-hearted
  • Easy to read
  • Persuasive language
  • Opinon adjectives and examples
  • Can include first person (I)
  • Use positive and negative vocabulary
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Formal Letter

  • Format - Formal Letter
  • Audience - in the question
  • Topic/Tone - in the question
  • Purpose - in the question
  • Can create a personna
  • Be realistic
  • Powerful - detail used should make the content convincing
  • Offer a clear and consistent view point (can discuss counter-arguments)
  • 3 or 4 main ideas
  • Introduction - catch and engage attention (don't use 'I'm writing to...')
  • Conclusion - effective and powerful
  • Formal language and a polite tone
  • Your address and date in the top right hand corner
  • Recipient's name and address below on the left hand side
  • Use 'Dear Sir/Madam'
  • Use 'Yours sincerely' if you know their name
  • Use 'Yours faithfully' if you don't know their name
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Informal Letter

  • Format - Informal Letter
  • Audience - in the question
  • Topic/Tone - in the question
  • Purpose - in the question
  • Chatty, friendly tone
  • Less formal language
  • No slang or dialect
  • Show that you know them (anecdotes of past memories)
  • Bring out your relationship with them plus their personality
  • Use the question as a guidance
  • Your own address and date in the top right hand corner
  • Use 'Dear (person's first name)'
  • Use an informal ending ('Write soon!' or 'Take care')
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