Explanation Writing - Choosing the Right Vocabulary

WALT: Use language which is appropriate to my audience and suits the purpose for which I am writing.

Last week we wrote some great explanations about the challenges we will face as Intermediate students in Parnell.  We will edit these and improve them over the next few days.

Today we are going to learn an important skill that will help with our editing, how to choose the correct vocabulary for the audience of your text.

With a buddy, discuss the difference between these terms

Formal vs Informal, Personal vs Impersonal, Relevant vs Irrelevant

Imagine you were creating a website that was designed to give people information about what to do before, during and after a cyclone.

What advice can you give?

Now, how should you write this advice?  Who is your audience?  Why is it important to write in a certain style?

To illustrate the importance of writing to suit the purpose and audience, try this exercise.  Take a piece of the advice from the website above and write in an informal, personal, irrelevant way.  Then try writing in a formal, impersonal, relevant way.  Which paragraph is more appropriate and why?

In groups of 3, create an explanation entitled, 'How to stay safe from Cyclones'
One person in your group will be responsible for a writing about what to do before a cyclone hits, one person will write about what to do during a cyclone and one person will write about what to do after the cyclone has passed.

It is important that you look at the success criteria to identify if you are writing in an appropriate way.

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