We can use the acronym ‘PIP’ to describe how Context writing is assessed and what you should think about when you are planning for it.
Piece (of writing)
- Your writing must use this statement as stimulus.
- Make sure you understand what the prompt means and implies; rewrite it twice in your words.
- Think about how the prompt is related to the text you have studied for the Context.
- You can challenge the prompt; you don’t have to agree with it.
- Think about the message you want to convey to the reader, in relation to the prompt.
- What ideas do you want to explore?
- You should get your ideas predominantly from the set text you have studied for this Context.
- Ideas can come from outside the set text too: from other texts, current affairs, history, your own life, etc.
- What message do you want to convey and how will you convey it?
Piece of writing
- What kind of writing do you like? What are you good at? Persuasive? Imaginative? Expository?
- How can you make your piece interesting and enjoyable to read?
- Above all, have a message for the reader: something to say in relation to the prompt.
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