Planning a piece of biographical writing
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The class had been studying author biographies and analysing features they had in common, for example early years, adult life and so on. The children then drew on these features as the focus for exploring paragraphs to support later writing. Although the work is a draft, it shows a range of organisational skills.
This draft plan sets out the content and shape of material that will be developed into a biographical piece about the writer Jacqueline Wilson. The bullet point/note form means that assessment of sentence structure and punctuation (AF5 and AF6) is less appropriate. On the other hand, it is possible to assess features of the response that address whole text areas, that is, the range of ideas (AF1) and their appropriateness to purpose and audience (AF2) and the way these will be grouped (AF4) and structured (AF3). Some of the criteria for all these AFs are fulfilled, mainly at level 4, with some evidence of level 5 also. It is clear from these notes that a range of appropriate vocabulary ('explaining', 'suggestion', 'behaviour', 'dinosaur') is likely to be used (AF7) and most words, including some complex and irregular words, are spelt correctly (AF8).
This response shows that Farida has been able to fulfil the criteria for level 4 in AFs 1 and 2, with some indication that she is beginning to fulfil the criteria for AF1 at level 5. The criteria for AF3 and AF4 are also met, but this is with some support. The response also includes a range of relevant vocabulary which is evidence for AF7, but since many words will have been taken from the source books she used, this is only partial evidence for level 5.