So close to the exam and my Y11s are still really struggling to answer the 'How does the writer use language to...' (Question 3 of the AQA Foundation paper). They have real difficulty finding things to write about unless it is a persuasive text. So, I decided if I could come up with a mnemonic that matched the text type it should really help them remember what kind of things they could write about.
So here it (far from perfect) is:
Pattern of three
Use of assertion
Detail - adjectives and adverbs
Evoke the senses
Brilliant vocabulary (not proud of this one!)
In sections / sequence
Mostly neutral tone
EXPLAIN is, of course, a mixture of DESCRIBE and INFORM (good luck coming up with something for x!
I've just remembered it to write this, so it does work! It should also help them to plan for the writing tasks too. Of course, there are other things you can include, but it it gives them a start, and they can also use it to plan for the writing section.