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Appreciating the writer's craft


A note about specific genre

To begin with, 'genre' simply means a 'type', a particular 'form' of writing, a particular 'category' of writing.

Examples of this are:

  • diary or journal writing
  • travel writing
  • biography
  • newspaper reporting
  • thriller story
  • horror story

There are lots more, but these should make the point clear.

In the close reading examination for Standard Grade English, it is not uncommon to be asked for the features which mark out the newspaper report, since this type of text has featured on a number of occasions in the examination.

So, with this in mind, look at the following. Before you do, of course, it wouldn't do any harm to try to jot down what you think would be typical features of this genre. When you have done this, compare your notes with the list of features provided.

The following features are typically evident in a diary or journal:

  • the date
  • informal writing
  • usually written in first person
  • reflection
  • the writer's thoughts

If these are unfamiliar to you, find out about them so that you can be prepared.



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