L.O. Writing to Advise

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L.O. Writing to Advise
Starter: Punctuate and correct the
sentence below
yesterday i had a grate day. i went
2 the park & tok my dog 4 walk.
wot did u do yesterday!
Yesterday I had a great day. I went
to the park and took my dog for a
walk. What did you do yesterday?
WHAT IS WRITING TO ADVISE?
Can you tell someone (how) to do
something?
Can you give advice to your friends
and family?
Can you make suggestions? E.g. may,
might, can, could.
THEN YOU CAN WRITE TO ADVISE!
HAVE A GO AS A CLASS
Read the problem below based on the film
!!!
Dear Agony Aunt Annie,
I really want to be a member of the T Birds! Wherever they go and
whatever they do, people stop, take notice and listen.
Nobody ever takes any notice of me. I really want to be cool and
popular but when I start to dress differently or make jokes in class I
either get teased or shouted at.
When I asked the T Birds to let me be a gang member, they just
laughed and walked off. Please give me advice on how I can transform
myself and be accepted by them.
Aaron
HOW SHOULD WE ADVISE HIM?
When structuring your response, you should think about the
following questions and try to give the sort of advice an
agony aunt might provide. Often, an agony aunt will try to
make someone feel happy in their own skin and boost a
person’s confidence.
Think about and discuss in your groups:
1.Is it possible to advise someone on how to be ‘cool’ or
‘popular’? If not, what advice can you give them instead?
2.Should Aaron keep on trying to transform himself? If so,
should he have a makeover/buy some new clothes, start to
copy the fashion of someone he likes, or do something else
altogether?
3.Would being a gang member necessarily give Aaron the
sense of power and support that he seems to want or might
he find it elsewhere?
STOP! DON’T WRITE YET!
Now you have your task you are full of
ideas...but STOP! Do not be tempted to
start writing an answer.... First you must
PLAN!
URPOSE
UDIENCE
ANGUAGE
AYOUT
Brainstorm/make notes on ideas for
responses in your groups too!
STOP! DON’T WRITE YET!
Now have a look at the checklist below.
Think about how to use these features in
your advice writing.
1. Make suggestions (may, could, might,
can)
2. Give choices
3. Be encouraging and kind
4. Be understanding
5. Try and put yourself in Aaron’s
position and show empathy
6. Be clear/specific
STOP! NOW GO!!
Now that you have carefully planned your
answer you can start writing.
DON’T FORGET!
Remember the starter? Don’t make silly
mistakes just because you didn’t
proofread your work! Think about
paragraphs, spellings, missing words.
When you’ve finished ask yourself...
”How can I improve this writing even
more?”
Advise
Can you tell someone (how) to do something?
Text types
Word Level
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Recipes
Manuals
Imperative verbs, e.g. ‘Put’, ‘Grate’ (bossy
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Prepositional phrases, e.g. ‘Above your head’,
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Sentence
Level
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Word Level
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verbs)
‘Under your seat’
Active sentences
Use of colon prior to lists
Use of second person, e.g. ‘you’
Sequential connectives, e.g. ‘First, ‘Secondly’
etc
Sequential (written in order, step by step)
Clear unfussy central layout
Easy to scan for next instruction (use
headings)
Write an advice manual or recipe on how to dump someone!
STOP! PLAN!
NOW WRITE! (And don’t forget to proofread and improve
your writing too!)

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