This post is for Year 11 students who are in 101 classes. I wanted to remind you that the Assessment Specifications for 1.2 Formal Writing 2008 state:
“Candidates will write a letter to the editor of at least 250 words in response to one of 10 topics. Two topics will have stimulus material. Assessment will not include letter layout.”
You will still have to write in a formal style as that is what the standard is assessing. What is the required formal style? That means regardless of the context, you have to be able to produce: “a piece of formal writing that expresses ideas, information and/or opinions, is organised using an appropriate format and structure, and uses acceptable spelling, punctuation and grammar.” Each year the exam will give a context to provide all students something ‘authentic’ to respond to.