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ALNS Business & Enterprise College > Departments > English > Archive English Website > APP > Writing > Aiming for Level 7
Moving from a level six to a level seven:
  

AF5

AF6

AF3

AF4

 

Can you vary sentences to suit the purpose of your writing, to create effects and to make your meaning clear?

Can you write using a range of accurate punctuation?

Can you organise texts effectively, ordering information, ideas and events to create effects?

Can you construct paragraphs and use cohesion within and between paragraphs?

Level 7

You can use a range of sentences structures including embedded clauses and subordinate clauses to create effects in your writing. You can use a wide range of punctuation including semi-colons and hyphens to enhance meaning and create effects.

Your writing is consciously shaped and controlled to meet the demands of the task. For example, by developing a character gradually across the paragraphs to keep the reader interested.

You always choose effective linking devices within your paragraphs. You juxtapose paragraphs, create one sentence paragraphs or repeat opening phrases to create effects.

Level 6

You can choose from a variety of sentence types for a particular effect as well as make a choice of tense and verbs. You can use adverbial phrases to open sentences like ‘reluctantly’ and ‘five days later’.

You can use a full range of punctuation marks correctly and are beginning to use punctuation like semi-colons and hyphens.

You use topic sentences to introduce paragraphs and your paragraphs develop in a clear order. You use one sentence paragraphs, paragraphs of different lengths and endings that link to your opening to create effects when this is appropriate.

You use a variety of techniques to support the purpose of your writing. For example, you withhold information to interest the reader and use adverbial phrases like ‘as the room grew dark...’ to open sentences.

This grid shows how to move from a level six to a level seven in the four key writing skills in English. For example, if your child is aiming for a level seven but is achieving a level six on AF4 (paragraphing) they would need to use sophisticated paragraphing skills such as juxtaposing two paragraphs, creating one sentence paragraphs or using repetition for effect.

To achieve a level seven on AF5 and AF6, they need to consciously craft every sentence for effect. They can do this by varying the types of sentence structures they use as well as by using punctuation to affect and control how their writing should be read.

Examples of Written Learning Targets which would help to move your child from a level six to a level seven:

WAF 3: You must now organise your writing with more sophistication and skill, considering the style of writing carefully.  For example, you can do this by pacing information about character and plot carefully across a story to create suspense, developing an argument gradually over an article, considering other viewpoints in contrasting paragraphs to fully inform the reader, or teasing your audience by purposefully leaving key information out of a piece of writing.

 

WAF 4: You must now begin to structure your writing skilfully, considering purpose and audience carefully.  You can do this by echoing the beginning of your writing again at the end in a story, using one sentence paragraphs to emphasise a point in a formal or informal piece of writing such as an essay or an article, or repeating paragraph openings for effect by using, for example, rhetorical questions.

 

WAF 5: You should develop your varied and effective use of sentences by beginning to include subordinate (drop in) clauses to create succinctness, repetition of sentence structures for effect and opposites (antithesis) in sentences to create complex images.  This will make  your writing more sophisticated.

 

WAF 6: You must now ensure that your punctuation not only makes meanings clear in your writing, but enhances it.  This can be achieved by using commas to clearly mark extra information (subordinate clauses) within sentences to create succinctness, or hyphens (-) in informal writing to create a chatty and friendly tone.

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