Specifications for the up-coming Creative Writing Controlled Assessment

The first controlled assessment we are going to complete for creative writing will be in the form of a film review. As part of this we will be watching the film, “Donnie Darko” in class and completing a range of writing activities as well as exploring the film review form and critiquing those of other writers.

The assessment will occur in class during the week commencing 21 November. The results of these two pieces of creative writing form 15% of the final GCSE Grade for English Language

The Examining Body’s Guidance on Creative Writing Controlled Assessments:

Candidates must complete two tasks.

The objective assessed in this part of Unit 3 is AO4 Writing

  • Write to communicate clearly, effectively and imaginatively, using and adapting forms and selecting vocabulary appropriate to task and purpose in ways that engage the reader.
  • Organise information and ideas into structured and sequenced sentences, paragraphs and whole texts, using a variety of linguistic and structural features to support cohesion and overall coherence.
  • Use a range of sentence structures for clarity, purpose and effect, with accurate punctuation and spelling.
  • At least one-third of available credit for AO4 should be awarded for the use of a range of sentence structures for clarity, purpose and effect, with accurate punctuation and spelling.

The guidance word limit is 1200 words which should be produced under formal supervision in time totalling up to 4 hours.

This word limit is guidance only as the written texts should be fit for purpose and should be of a length suitable for the genre. They do not need to be of equal length. The tasks do not have to be completed at the same time.


About Christopher Waugh

Challenging the norms of secondary teaching. Publishing every single thing my students and I create. Live in Wanaka, New Zealand - the best place in the world. http://chris.edutronic.net/

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