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OPEN LETTER – COMPOSING SECTION

Following the horrific terrorist attacks in Christchurch, NZ, a young Australian teenager penned an open letter to their PM Jacinda Ardern which has since gained worldwide attention (see the link below :-))
 
If you've not considered this FORM of writing before, it could be right up your alley for a number of reasons:
 
✍️ It allows you to offer a PERSPECTIVE, including one that is different to your own.
✍️ It allows you to create a particular VOICE and present a particular POINT OF VIEW.
✍️ It allows you to use EMOTIVE, DESCRIPTIVE and/or PERSUASIVE LANGUAGE FEATURES
✍️ It allows you to address SOCIAL ISSUES and/or IDEAS.
✍️ It forces you to make considered choices about your AUDIENCE, CONTEXT and PURPOSE for writing - all things that markers are looking for.
✍️ It is a GENRE that you may not have considered before.
✍️ It allows you to create a MOOD or work on TONE.
 
All the words in capitals should be VERY familiar to you - that's right! They are all CORE CONCEPTS of the ATAR English Course. They are concepts you should know, understand and be able to engage with in any assessment or examination👍🤓
 
So an open letter could very well be a terrific option to use in a school composing assessment or in Section 3 of your exam.

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