This is a great lesson plan discussing the purpose behind writing a non-fiction piece, such as which forms the Writing section of AQA Language Paper 2.
A simple handout displays the key features of writing in the required form, i.e. a formal letter, magazine/newspaper article, speech, or text for a leaflet.
There is then an explanatory handout discussing the differences between writing to persuade, instruct, advise or inform. This encourages the student to consider their choice of language and phrasing, depending on the purpose of their writing.
The planning grid at the end encourages the student to consider the “GAP” (Genre, Purpose, Audience) before beginning the Writing task, and plan their key points and the key features needed, depending on what form they are writing in.
An example Writing question is then included, which you can work through with your student to plan, before writing up in full.
So many students tend to just “dive in” before planning their responses. As Benjamin Franklin said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail!” This lesson will stress the need for students to plan their writing and the purpose behind it, before beginning this task.
Easily adaptable for other boards including Edexcel and OCR.
All feedback welcome!