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Writing Paper Part 2.

Task Type: Review


Question
You are looking at a magazine, which has the following announcement:

Reviews wanted!

A good book isn't great unless it has a bad guy! We're looking for reader reviews of thrilling
stories with a convincing villain (or villains) at the centre of the plot.

Send in your nomination and let us know how far you would recommend the book to other
readers. We'll publish the best ones next month.
Write your review based on your reading of a book of your choice. (around 140-190
words).
What you need to do to pass
Read our checklist first to understand what the examiner is looking for in a good answer.
Ideas for writing
Ask yourself the following questions to help you get started:
In your introduction you should mention the author, the title of the book and the
type of book (the genre) it is, e.g. a love story, a ghost story, a suspense story.
What's the basic plot? Make notes about the key events in the book but in a review
you don't usually reveal the ending!
Who are the villains, what role do they play and how would you describe them?
What type of person would this book most appeal to?
Drafting and proofreading your work
You should look at your first draft of the task and decide:
Have you answered the question?
Is the review organised in a clear and logical way?
Is the language correct with a good range of structures?
Is the style OK?
Will it have a positive effect on the reader?
If the answer is 'no' to any of these questions then you will need to do some more drafting!

Content
Should include full details of the work being reviewed (must include the title). Should include an
outline of the story, the main villain(s), your opinion and a recommendation as to the type of
person who would enjoy it.

Communicative achievement
Semi-formal/informal register. Would be informed and would have enough information to decide
whether or not to read the book themselves.

Organisation
Should be divided into three or four paragraphs. Should mention early on in the review what
book is being written about. It's important not to reveal the book's ending.

Language
Language of description, summary and opinion ('In my view....'; 'The book's greatest moment
is....'). Present tenses should be used to narrate events. Should not contain major errors that lead
to misunderstandings or that irritate the reader.

You must answer this question. Write your answer in 140- 190 words in an appropriate style on
the separate answer sheet.

Your teacher has asked you to write your response to the following statement taken from a recent
newspaper article:

Nowadays children are suffering from obesity, that


was once considered to be meant for adults only.
What are its causes and what solutions can be
offered?
Notes
Write about:
1. diet
2. busy lifestyle
3. (your own idea)