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Published: 24/06/2019
KS3 KS4 | Writing
5 pages

First and last paragraphs - what comes in between?

Students are given the first and last paragraphs from pieces of non-fiction writing. The tasks take the form of articles, speeches, letters, advice and discussions. 

They could either write the missing middle section or write a brief plan for the missing paragraphs. Students could also select which piece they want to tackle: there are ten to choose from.

These paragraphs could also be used for modelling non-fiction writing. Suitable for KS3 or as preparation for the GCSE writing tasks. 

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Here are the first and last paragraphs of a piece of writing. Cut them out and stick them on a page in your book.

What could you write in between? Which persuasive techniques could you use?

A paperback book or an e-reader? Which would you rather read?

The business of reading has changed dramatically in recent years, beyond all recognition, in fact. Gone are the days of ‘paperback’ or ‘hardback if you can afford it’. These days, readers face a bewildering array of choices when it comes to reading a book or indeed any text. The internet has brought about seismic changes in the worlds of publishing and book-buying, and readers’ tastes have become more sophisticated, so that many people choose to read through many different media, at work, in the home and on the move.


See other resources: Argument and persuasive writing | Planning | Structure and paragraphs | Writing for purpose and audience

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