Language Y11 Transactional Writing

Task 1: How many marks would you give sample answer 1?

Task 2: How many marks do you think sample answer 2 deserves?

The sample answer is to this task:

Write a lively article entitled 'The Joys of Exercise'.

Use the mark scheme provided and what you have learned about transactional writing in order to award a mark. Remember to mark content and organisation (out of 12) and vocabulary, sentence structure, punctuation and spelling (out of 8) separately. What advice would you give this candidate to help them improve?

Joys of Exercise sample answer 1 unannotated.pdf

Remember, the task was:

Write a lively article entitled 'The Joys of Exercise'.

Use the mark scheme to help you.

In this answer, try to identify every spelling and grammatical or punctuation error.

Joys of Exercise sample answer 2 unannotated.pdf
Transactional writing student mark scheme.pdf

Task 3 - Checking your marking

Compare your marks to these marked versions. What have you learned from looking at these sample answers?

Joys of Exercise sample answer 1 annotated.pdf
Joys of Exercise sample answer 2 annotated.pdf

Task 4 - How many marks?

Task 5 - How many marks?

Mark this sample answer. See if you can identify all the spelling and grammatical errors as you do so.

The title of this task was:

A local businessman has applied for permission to hold an outdoor music festival in your area. Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper either supporting or opposing this idea.

Music festival letter sample answer 2 unannotated.pdf

Mark this sample answer. See if you can identify all the spelling and grammatical errors as you do so.

The title of this task was:

A local businessman has applied for permission to hold an outdoor music festival in your area. Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper either supporting or opposing this idea.

Music festival letter sample answer 1 unannotated.pdf
Transactional writing student mark scheme.pdf

Task 6 - Checking your marking

Read the marked sample answers and compare them to what you thought. Remember to set yourself targets or reminders of things you need to do in order to perform well in this section in the exam.

Music festival letter sample answer 2 annotated.pdf
Music festival letter sample answer 1 annotated.pdf

Task 7

Consider the following task:

You organised a meal for your family in a local restaurant to celebrate your grandma's 70th birthday, but the evening was a disappointment. Write a letter to the owner of the restaurant about your disappointment.


Read the sample answers. Can you rank them in order of success? What have candidates done in order to perform better than others? Try awarding them marks using the mark scheme and your experience of marking so far.

Restaurant letter of complaint student response 2 unannotated.pdf
Transactional writing student mark scheme.pdf
Restaurant letter of complaint student response 3 unannotated.pdf
Restaurant letter of complaint student response 1 unannotated.pdf

Task 8 - What did the examiner think?

Compare your thoughts and marks with what the examiner thought, and make a note of anything you learn in doing so.

Restaurant letter of complaint student response 2 annotated.pdf
Restaurant letter of complaint student response 1 annotated.pdf
Restaurant letter of complaint student response 3 annotated.pdf

Task 9 - Exam Practice

Write your own response to the task:

You organised a meal for your family in a local restaurant to celebrate your grandma's 70th birthday, but the evening was a disappointment. Write a letter to the owner of the restaurant about your disappointment.