I've just started Y10 and we're already starting our gcse english coursework writing. For my first coursework piece, I need to write about a recount. So something like a diary or a story.
It can be made up, but I was suggested to write about something that really happened to me, so it's easier to incorporate my feelings and emotions. I have no idea what to write about and since all of you don't know me, wont know my personal life experiences. But could you suggest some simple moments in life we've all gone through that would be interesting to write about.
For example, my friend wrote about her first time on a roller coaster. I don't want to copy and I don't think that was a significant moment for me. I have some ideas like the time I went to India. I might write about the experience of rafting through the Ganges River.
Also (people who have done this before), any tips to achieve a good mark?
And one last question, for the recount writing, I actually wanted to write about my first day in India. Which includes a typical train ride and the Taj Mahal BUT the story/writing won't have a obstacle or problem. So I was wondering, for the recount writing, will I need to have a problem/obstacle like a fiction story?
Use sophisticated vocabulary, grammar and punctuation throughout and make sure that you use them properly. Using a range of words is effective because it can help to express your understanding and if you use the same words over and over again it can sound like you're repeating yourself. You may find yourself using a comma or a full stop that could be replaced with a semi-colon (;).
Analyse the language in depth. Make comments and by doing this you can identify techniques (e.g. metaphors, similes, hyperbole, imagery) that the writer uses and discuss the effect that it has: '[..] the sound bite at the start that begins 'perhaps the most generally ....' breaks the smooth, flowing of the prose. This emphasizes the negativity of the comment and startles readers because it is unexpected. Despite this, it is a good technique to keep readers engaged.' This is good because it shows that the student understand how the language and techniques are effective.
P.E.E.L. is something that I personally used in my English essays. This means to makes a point; back up the point with evidence (a quote); explain what this means and then make some further comments on the language/techniques within that quote e.g. 'The use of the hyperbole '[example of hyperbole]' is actually quite interesting; it helps to emphasize the portrayal of the protagonist's experience as [...]'
G.A.P.L.I.S.T refers to genre, audience, purpose, language, information, style and tone. Although it may be good to remember it as a whole, you may only really need to hold on to the thought of the genre, audience, language, style and tone. When it comes to the audience you may want to focus on how certain techniques may appeal to the audience. When it comes to tone, you may want to look at the techniques and language used that helps to determine the way that the author feels towards a certain subject.
Refer to the question after you've finished a point and when you are ready to move on to the next paragraph. It is important to refer back to the original question throughout where ever it may be possible.