A Whole Class Topic to Model the Skills
- Note-taking from a documentary
- (Whole class/small groups) Choose a current issue and provide the pupils with resources: broadsheet articles, TV documentaries, radio clips and appropriate tasks. research, write and discuss in groups for practice.
- Focus on Skills: Language and Structure
- Examine how writers/speakers shape their arguments; manipulate statistics; exploit structure/punctuation; use language to influence and create rapport.
- Logos (logic/structure), Ethos (appeals to shared values/tone/rapport) and Pathos (emotive word choice, imagery and structures).
- 3 minute speech for a debate or write a short persuasive article on the topic you have studied as a class.
Self-Assessment and Selection of Own Topic
- Transfer skills to choose own topic.
- Exemplification of the Standard + SQA criteria
- Independent Research
- Pupils collect a range of articles, documentaries and sources on their chosen topic and to print these off for highlighting .
- Record sources as they research: this makes the addition of bibliography and footnotes to the SQA final draft much easier.
- Writing Stage/Success Criteria
- Pupils produce a first draft in class over two lessons under supervision with access only to highlighted articles, pages of notes and a plan. This process deters plagiarism.
- Feedback/Folio redrafting/Writing Assessment
- In accordance with SQA guidelines: folios cannot be micro-marked. Tick list (Success Criteria) sheet is used, pupils must re-draft without: detailed feedback/comments on how to rephrase/spelling or grammar fixed. This is a requirement by the SQA!!!!