2.4 Writing Portfolio- Task 2




Planning and Structure

In order to plan the scene, you need to understand the structure of the piece you are being asked to write. Below is the outline we (as a class) have identified and discussed following our examination of the example material.

It is… the pieces all open with a statement that sets up the time. The first statement should be broad and often a season is used. The subsequent paragraph should develop this timeframe- sights, sounds, feelings etc.

Command… The next paragraph opens with an imperative. You need to look or listen to what is to come. The subsequent paragraph develops details related to this command.

It is… another statement, this time more specific about the time that the scene is currently in. It could be anything that is relevant- midnight, dawn, a day of the week.

Command…again, you are delivering an imperative for your reader and details that follow on from this.

And then you… in your final paragraph, you draw the reader into the story with the pronoun ‘you’. This delivers your final revelation about the scene. What is it that you want to realise about the scene?

In order to plan for this, you should look to develop notes on the details of your scene.

What can you see as you look around your scene?

What sounds stand out? How can you imply these?

What feeling is present?

Posted by Renee Plunkett

Teacher of English at Mount Aspiring College, Wanaka, New Zealand.

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