Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Understanding Rubrics - Guide to Writing

To plan your composition your need to understand the rubrics (the main composition instructions). Read the rubric carefully and underline the key words/phrases, which will help you decide what you will write about.

 Keywords/phrases indicate:

♦ the imaginary situation you will write about (e.g. you are a newspaper reporter ... to write about a gangster who escaped from the local jail last night...) this can also suggest who you are (e.g. a reporter), what has happened (e.g. a gangster escaped), etc.
♦ the imaginary reader who is going to read your piece of writing (e.g. the manager of the hotel you work for ahs asked you to write...). This will help you decide on the writing style{the appropriate style of language - formal/informal, etc) you should use,
♦ the writing style you should use depends on the type of composition you are writing, the situation and the intended reader. Therefore, you should not use the same style of writing for every composition. The two main types of writing style are formal and informal. However, not all styles of writing fall under these categories.

For example, in a letter to somebody, you do not know very well or in an article for a student's magazine, the style used is neither formal nor informal but a blend of the two, known as semi-formal.
♦ the type of writing (e.g. a letter, a review describing a film you saw, etc)
♦ the specific topics you should include in your answer (e.g. describe the city/place and comment on its good and bad points).

Study the example below.
1. The TV Company you are working for needs a report about young people's television watching habits. Write your report for the company.
1-situation 2 - render 3 - type of writing 4 -specific topics

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