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  • The way I behave
  • The way I talk
  • What I talk about
  • How I get on with those about me?

Activity 5:

Now you are ready to write a full descriptive essay about your family, your friends and yourself.

  • Write an honest essay of about 1 ½ pages (250 words).


You have spent time on the CONTENT of your essay but you do need to consider STYLE too.

Here are some ideas of how to introduce style into your writing. Look at the following checklist:

Consider the following CHECKLIST before you start and after you have finished:

1. Have a strong opening paragraph.
2. Use good descriptive adjectives / participles.
3. Vary the length of my sentences.
4. Vary the length of my paragraphs.
5. Use interesting, varied punctuation.
6. Use a few clever figures of speech e g. alliteration.
7. Write a neat essay, using a clear handwriting.
8. Space my paragraphs well.
9. Select a short, pithy title.
10. Have no spelling or language errors.
  • First, write a rough essay on rough paper.
  • Let your teacher or a friend read it to help you with spelling and language errors.
  • Here are some adjectives and participles to help you with your essay (Add some of your own):
kind / unkind frustrated / relaxed candid / closed
reassuring / non-reassuring ambitious / unambitious supportive / non-supportive
helpful / unhelpful conscientious / non-driven patient / impatient
non-reliable / reliable industrious / lazy busy / free
irresponsible / responsible punctual / late considerate / inconsiderate
creative, imaginative scientific cold, calculated
precise talented disinterested
active sporty, sporting enthusiastic
honest gentle quiet


  • Possible OPENING PARAGRAPH : NB TIP: You do not need to use all the lines!
  • Points to include:





  • NOW, re-write your final essay correctly, concisely and clearly: Extra own paper allowed

This will be evaluated for your portfolio, using the above checklist.


CONTENT and STYLE LO Excellent Good Needs work Needs extra help
1 Title.
2 Preparation
3 Content
4 Opening paragraph
5 Strong vocabulary
6 Sentence lengths
7 Paragraph lengths
8 Punctuation
9 Figures of speech
10 General neatness
11 Handwriting
12 Spacing
13 Spelling
14 Language
15 Maturity
  • HAND IN YOUR rough draft with your final essay.


Learning outcomes(LOs)
LO 1 Listening
The learner will be able to listen for enjoyment, and respond appropriately and critically in a wide range of situations.
Assessment standards(ASs)
We know this when the learner:
1.1 listens to and appreciates challenging imaginative and informative oral texts;1.5 identifies the speaker’s reasons for choosing particular words, phrases and sentences to influence the listener and explains their impact.
LO 2 Speaking
The learner will be able to communicate confidently and effectively in spoken language in a wide range of situations.
We know this when the learner:
2.1 communicates ideas and feelings creatively and expressively with a great degree of confidence and with limitedassistance, using a range of selected oral text types;
2.2 communicates ideas, facts and opinions on challenging topics clearly and accurately and with a greater degree ofcoherence, using a range of factual oral text types;
2.3 demonstrates basic skills in a range of oral text types:2.3.3 explains how to do an experiment.
2.4 demonstrates a range of interaction skills by participating actively in group discussions, conversations, debates and group surveys and while so doing, tackles important issues, asks appropriate questions, takes on different roles, acknowledges others’ opinions, motivates own point of view, gives and receives criticism;
2.6 identifies and discusses the features which contribute to the success of own

Questions & Answers

what is variations in raman spectra for nanomaterials
Jyoti Reply
I only see partial conversation and what's the question here!
Crow Reply
what about nanotechnology for water purification
RAW Reply
please someone correct me if I'm wrong but I think one can use nanoparticles, specially silver nanoparticles for water treatment.
yes that's correct
I think
what is the stm
Brian Reply
is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
How we are making nano material?
what is a peer
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
What is STMs full form?
scanning tunneling microscope
how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
what is differents between GO and RGO?
what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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