Formal writing – Letters to the Editor

Often when someone feels strongly about a current issue and wants to have a say they will write a letter to the editor.  Writing a letter to the editor is a way that you can make your opinions heard.

A letter will often be about an issue that is topical and in the news – something that people are talking about. Obviously you can’t choose your topic for NCEA but you can make sure that you have informed and relevant things to say. Keep up with current issues, particularly those of relevance and interest to teenagers.

Check out the exemplars on the NZQA (see below) to give you some ideas about how to tackle the topics. The exemplars have been annotated so you can see what the markers are looking for.

Excellence exemplar – ‘Alcohol and youth’

Merit exemplar – ‘School uniforms’

Achieved exemplar – ‘Celebrities are not heroes’

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