Writing

  • Covers writing as 'the considered use of language' - valuable both for student practice and for teacher analysis
  • Teaching Writing aims to cover all areas useful for encouraging writing skills appropriate for English B students. This includes ...
  • Links: texts for writing ... lists of texts provided elsewhere in the site which will act as models
  • Developing writing skills ... ways to help students handle the writing process in methodical and effective ways; and... 
  • ... teaching techniques to stimulate lively writing
  • Specific text type skills ... defining each text type in terms of the IB's 'transfer goals', and grouping texts by relative ease and complexity
  • Text type conventions ... a reference page summarising text type conventions
  • Detailed coverage of text types is provided in subordinate pages, with models and recent exam tasks
  • Writing purposes ... adapted from the 'old' Subject Guide, the concept of communicative purposes: models and samples showing how specific writing purposes may be handled

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Text type expectations 22 September 2019

What should we be teaching our students about the text types required under the new Subject Guide (2018, for first assessment...
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Text type conventions 2 September 2019

For full coverage of text types related to the new Subject Guide's assessment system, from May 2020, go to the page Text...
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Specific text type skills 3 September 2016

By 'specific skills', I wish to define the kind of approach required for each text type, and the kind of language expected....
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Narration 22 August 2019

.A succinct definition of key features to be taught is given in Writing purposesOn this page, below:Arguably, the story...
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Description 22 August 2019

.A succinct definition of key features to be taught is given in Writing purposesOn this page, below:The essence of writing...
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Teaching Writing 17 January 2018

My approach in this site to the teaching of writing is perhaps a little unconventional, and so needs explanation :-Essentially,...
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