To attain the highest marks in an exam the AQA exam boards mark scheme
for their 2013 English Language examinations said that a text should:
1. communicate in a convincing and compelling way
2. have form, content and style are matched to purpose and
3. engage with the reader
4. uses linguistic devices e.g rhetorical questions
5. wide vocabulary choice
6. fluent and coherent
7. variety of structural features
The example above utilities many of these features. It uses rhetorical
questions, exclamatories for attention, direct address to include the audience
and sophisticated vocabulary. The sub-points also flow and are coherent and
present clearly what you are trying to get across.
If it makes it easier, in your Spider plan note down which techniques you are
going to use in which point to make sure you get a variety.
For example: point 1 = rhetorical question and list of three, point 2 = hyperbole
and anecdote, point 3 = repetition, facts and figures. Then you can tick them
off as you go. When writing points you should remember that they need to be
Ideally if someone were to read the first sentence of each paragraph they
should be able to understand what your whole argument is about.
Now you have a go at writing. Choose one of the other points from the above
example and have a got at writing a point yourself. Remember to include
When you have written it use the “comments” column to analyse your point,
as shown in the extract above.
From the table below choose a question for Writing to Argue. Then make a
GMAPS plan and a Spider Plan. Think carefully and plan well.