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Writing Postcards

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Here is a good example of a well written postcard:


a postcard from Rachel to Morag

A marker looks for the following in a postcard.

  • Verb Use In this short piece nine verbs were used. They are all used correctly and there is a good mixture of the verb to be (tha, bha, is) and past and future tense forms of regular and irregular verbs (air teicheadh, lorg, fuirichidh, chunnaic, tilleadh).

  • Range of vocabulary There is a wide range of vocabulary in this piece which is used to provide a detailed piece of writing within the restrictions of a postcard. Let’s look at the vocabulary this candidate has used which is worthy of note.

    Ann am Berlin an-diugh (addition of an-diugh gives more focus); na sgòthan air teicheadh bhon latha an-dè (this statement with use of air teicheadh adds more descriptive information about weather conditions than just the bare ‘Tha latha grianach ann’ of the previous candidate.) Lorg sinn taigh-òsta mòr brèagha(Use of lorg to indicate searching out goes further than simple ‘tha sinn a’ fuireach ann an taigh-òsta mòr brèagha’); the words ainmeil and am beachd indicate an ability to use a range of Gaelic vocabulary correctly.

  • A range of sentence styles with correct structuring.

    bho air feadh an t-saoghail (correct use of complex Gaelic structure)

    tha mi am beachd tilleadh (correct use of complex Gaelic structure)

    There is a mature use of sentence structures in this piece.

  • A piece of writing which is clear and able to be understood. This piece is very well written and free from error. It is very clear and easily read.

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