In which situation would it be most appropriate to use an informal writing style?
a report on photosynthesis
an e-mail to the mayor
a postcard to a friend
Read the lines from a student's book report.
This is a historical novel set in the early 1900s. Many lifestyle details are included in the book. Readers learn about transportation, clothing, and entertainment of the era.
Which lines best show that the writer has adjusted the writing for a younger audience?
Sociologists say that although life was physically more demanding years ago, people who lived back then were generally less stressed than people today.
Historical fiction gives readers a look back in time. It is important to note patterns and trends that affect society today.
This book is about life in the old days. Readers can learn about horse and buggy rides, long woolen underwear, and old-fashioned games.
Read and compare two passages from an outdoor magazine.
"A cane fishing pole is a good way for young kids to begin. Light lines and small hooks also help children gain early success. Crickets and worms are the best bait."
"Jason Zimmer is a champion fly fisherman. He trains eight hours each day to compete all over the world. In his spare time, Jason enjoys camping, hiking, and skiing."
Which similarity is found when comparing these two passages?
Both passages are written in a formal, scientific tone.
Both passages are about fishing successfully.
Both passages are about a famous champion athlete.
Read the excerpt from a news article about bullying.
Twelve-year-old Jaylen Arnold knows what it's like to feel different.
He also knows what it feels like to be bullied.
"I know that it hurts people in the inside more than the outside," he said, in an interview with Tampa, Florida, TV station WFTS. "Because words are worse than a fist or punching or kicking."
Jaylen has Tourette syndrome.
That's a condition that causes a person to make involuntary noises and movements.
Which detail shows that the author is writing for a young audience?
The author quotes an interview from a TV station.
The author uses formal language and large words.
The author writes about a topic that is interesting for adults.
Read and compare two passages about Canada.
"I had a great time on my road trip along Canada’s coast! I loved hanging out in the beautiful mountains, and the food was yummy. Canadian chocolate is awesome!"
"Canada has the longest coastline of any nation in the world. It is more than 151,600 miles long."
Both passages use a formal tone.
Both passages are written for textbooks.
Both passages mention Canadian food.
Which line would be most appropriate to include when writing for middle school students?
Studies show that adults who vote in elections have better health.
Elections in the early 1800s were less scientific than elections today.
A mock election was held at Granite Elementary School on Thursday.
Read and contrast two passages about sun safety.
"It is a scientific fact that everyone needs sunscreen, regardless of skin color or ethnic origin. All people are subject to sun damage."
"No one wants to look like a lizard! You need a big squirt of sunscreen before heading outside to play. Sunburns are no fun, so protect yourself."
Which difference can be found when contrasting these two passages?
The second author uses humor to appeal to children.
The first author uses scientific facts to appeal to children.
The second author uses scientific facts to appeal to children.
All those things have made Jaylen stand out.
And the bullies noticed.
But those aren't the only reasons Jaylen stands out.
And they're not the most important reasons.
Jaylen stands out because he has refused to let the bullies beat him down.
And he's trying to make sure no one else gets beaten down, either.
The author writes about a young person.
The author uses many short sentences.
The author writes using adult humor.
Read and contrast two passages about summer camp.
"Are you ready for an amazing summer? Come join me at Camp Haverhill! It is a great place to beat the heat. Horseback riding, swimming, archery, and great staff make Camp Haverhill an awesome summer stop!"
"Studies show that children who spend time outdoors develop good health. This is one reason many American families enroll their children in summer youth camp experiences. Summer camp can provide fresh air, exercise, and personal growth opportunities."
The first passage is written to persuade children, and the other to educate adults.
The first passage is written in a formal tone, and the other in an informal tone.
The first passage is written in a scientific tone, and the other in a humorous tone.
Which line would be most appropriate to include when writing for parents?
The definition of bullying is frequent negative attention.
Home is one of the best places to teach children about empathy.
School citizenship programs are a very effective teaching tool.
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