(Original post by NoHeroes94)
Hi, i am doing this course too, and to be honest I think it's hard. You can't have a completely independent idea on what you want to create, but you can't just take a book and put it into a play, or another form it was never meant to be in - and you can't do this without your own input
Firstly, the mark scheme above is important too note (obviously, that is what gets the marks!!) but as you notice, it's quite vague. "confident control" (band 5) - now that could mean different things to different teachers/markers, and is all dependant on the genre. A plan of action is therefore of up most important.
THE ABSOLUTE KEY for me was choosing the right THEMES and MOTIFS. The language will naturally tie in with it, trust me it will come. You have to have a theme or concept to stylise yoru writing. How to do this? Analyse a few scenes you really want to do very, VERY closely. Its better to have to much than too little. Highlight literary and lingustic features in different colours, you dont wanna get mixed up, and perhaps manipulate imagery the author uses, such a fitzgeralds obsession with colour. You can do this with whatever you choose, i'll just take the great gatsby as an example.
The themes in this book are so fascinating, and can be used for a lot of genres - personal writing, poetry and so on. I got 31/32 on it, so not perfect but i'm pretty pleased and i didn't really change the context much - i just added my own ideas, took the themes in the novel and elaborated on them. (NB: i literally just posted a post asking what it was out of because i didnt know, but according to the thread above its out of 32 so thanks too @WXG)
For my second tt, i am doing "the cyrptogram" by david mamet into prose, and that is going swimmingly too, predicted to be at a similar grade. Again, theme theme theme is my advice! Take a theme, look at it closely, imagine what you'd write about it. if it doesnt come, look elsewhere.
Finally some genres to avoid and why (suggestions only)
- Psychology reports and such genres (bit of a downlooked genre. Sounds harsh but all my teachers said to stay away from this like plague
- Film scripts (abit generic, can get top grades but are so common you have to really be at the top for the A's)
- Newspaper covers (year 7's can do this! If you've got to year 13, you can be so much more creative)
- Prose etc. on modern culture colloquialism, i.e "chav's" ( Can be done to great affect IF you research well and are a talented modern writer. The tendency of these is that you become to stereotypical, annoying and one dimensional.)
Good luck, hope this helped a fraction