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Programme 10: And Now For Something Completely Different, 27th November

SELB code: RF 0330 Although the series has finished, programmes are still available to borrow or purchase from the Audio Visual Recording service at SELB. Just quote the SELB number in your correspondence with the unit.

In this the last programme in the present series, Leon McAuley revises some of the topics raised in the series. "I would say there is only one thing writing wants to do. The writer wants to tell the reader something." Click to Print PDF Worksheets
  • Leon recalls the difference between factual and fictional writing. He uses riddles to illustrate the writer's need to gather the facts, order them and structure them for his/her audience.
  • Fiction writing "is not so much about telling the reader facts as about making them feel things." Leon explores cartoons as a way of making his point.
  • A section of question and answer jokes follows to remind the pupils of the importance of evidence. "…..when you are writing or talking - think of who you are talking to."
Key Words:

revision; factual; fictional; audience; riddles; puns.

Before The Programme:
  • Recap with the class the concept of factual, fictional, audience
After The Programme:
  • Discuss the points raised in the programme in a general classroom discussion.
  • Set the class some fact finding exercises, in school or as homework.
  • Examine newspapers for examples of factual and fictional writing.
  • Make up a class joke book or a book of riddles. Use computers in final preparation
  • Encourage joke-telling to class - sense of audience, delivery, clarity of speech, confidence- building.
  • As homework, collect and write out jokes, riddles or local stories of characters and events.
  • Worksheet 22: Match up the book titles with their audience.
  • Worksheet 23: Word Search.

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