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Unit Overview: Language Skills - Non-Fiction - Writing

For next step we recommend the unit: Grammar for Writing.

For next step we recommend the unit: Creative writing: memoir.

Lessons:

4 lessons

Viewpoint writing: what is it?

In this lesson, we will begin to look at the features of viewpoint or discursive writing. Today we will begin with a statement - 'All sports should be fun, fair and open to everyone. It is the taking part not the winning that matters'. Then, we will have a look at a student response to see how someone else has tackled this statement and begin to understand the features of viewpoint writing.

  • 1 Quiz
  • 13m Video
  • Presentation(PPT)
  • Transcript

Planning techniques: Logos, pathos and ethos

In this lesson, we will be looking at planning techniques that will help us generate ideas as well as produce a balanced and thoughtful viewpoint essay plan. We will do this by looking to the Greeks and learning about 'logos', 'ethos,' 'pathos' and 'kairos'. You will then have an opportunity to start creating a plan, using a framework to help sequence your ideas.

  • 2 Quizzes
  • 15m Video
  • Presentation(PPT)
  • Transcript

What makes an effective introduction and conclusion?

In this lesson, we will be working with our plans and looking at the relationship between the introduction and the conclusion. We will start by reviewing the model answer and considering how the introduction works. We'll then look at how sentence level choices have been used to add meaning with a skills review. Then, we will look at the model response again to consider how 'Ethos' is used in the conclusion. By the end of the lesson, you will have drafted out your introduction and conclusion.

  • 2 Quizzes
  • 16m Video
  • Presentation(PPT)
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Rhetorical devices: Designing the main body of your essay

In this lesson, we will be looking at the main body of our essay, before piecing everything together. Firstly, we will return to our essay plan and look at how to build the main body of our response, thinking about the function of the paragraph, the desired effect on the reader and the types of rhetorical devices that might be best to choose. We'll do this as a slow write to give you time to think about your options. At the end of the lesson, we'll critique our writing and compare to the model answer for fluency and control.

  • 2 Quizzes
  • 13m Video
  • Presentation(PPT)
  • Transcript