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Ncea Level 1 English Essay Writing

For Merit, the student needs to:

  • develop and structure ideas convincingly in creative writing
  • use language features appropriate to audience and purpose with control in creative writing.

This involves the generally credible and connected development of ideas and structure. The writing should select and link language features to the purpose and audience, and demonstrate the accurate use of writing conventions.

The student develops and structures ideas that are generally credible and connected, by describing a treehouse firstly from a child’s perspective, and then again from the same narrator, after several years have passed. The piece is structured by the different timeframes, and ideas are connected by linking and contrasting details such as the railings (1), the view (2) and the contents of the treehouse (3).

The student uses a variety of language features with some control. Vocabulary is selected to link to the idea of how the tree changes with time (4), and imagery of the tree house as a castle (5) links to the child’s perspective.

For a more secure Merit, there should be a more credible description of Winnie The Pooh in the second paragraph. The vocabulary selection in the phrase ‘faint smile…fainter memories’ is not consistent with the phrase ‘the same bright eyes and wide smile’ in the final sentence.

1.2 Show understanding of specified aspect(s) of studied visual or oral text(s), using supporting evidence

This achievement standard involves a previous reading and study of at least one visual text (for example film, television programme, radio programme, drama production, graphic novel, oral performance) or a combination from this list (inter-textual) and writing a response that demonstrates understanding of ideas and techniques.

The text studied will need to be of sufficient length and depth to allow you to meet the criteria. You must write your essay in the correct answer booklet for your chosen text, use the 1.2 booklet for this standard.

Achievement criteria
How you will be assessed, and the standard expected for each level of achievement.

Subject content
Subject content and skills you will need to learn.

Key tips
Advice from previous years.

Type of assessment, what to take, what you'll be given during the assessment.

Assessment materials and exemplars to help you.

Websites for revision and links to this achievement standard on NZQA website.


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