Intermediate 2

How do I get 25/25 for a folio essay?

Your Writing Folio accounts for 20% of your final grade for Intermediate 2. The information on this page is taken from the instructions given to SQA markers and gives you a clear idea of what your class teacher and the SQA markers will be looking for.

Your essay must first of all meet all of the Performance Criteria for Intermediate 2 and satisy the requirement for ‘consistent technical accuracy’. An essay which fails to meet these basic standards will not pass.

 

The Performance Criteria

Content

Content is relevant and appropriate for purpose and audience, reveals some depth and complexity of thought and some sustained development.

Structure

Structure takes account of purpose, audience and genre; content is sequenced and organised in ways which are mainly effective.

Expression

Competent use of techniques relevant to the genre and appropriate choice of words and sentence structures establish a style and tone which communicate a point of view/stance consistent with purpose and audience.

 

Technical Accuracy

If your essay is to pass it must be ‘consistently’ accurate.

Consistently accurate

A few errors may be present, but these will not be significant in any way. The candidate may use some complex vocabulary and sentence structures. Where appropriate, sentences will show accurate handling of clauses. Linking between sentences will be clear. Paragraphing will reflect a developing line of thought.

If your essay fails to meet the standard required you will not pass. If the marker deems your essay to be ‘consistently accurate’ you will not then lose any marks for spelling or sentencing errors.

 

Categories and Marks

All essays are then allocated to a category. As Categories V and VI are fails, I have not outlined them below.

Category I – 25 – Outstanding

Category II – 21 or 23 – Very Sound

Category III – 17 or 19 – Comfortably achieves all Performance Criteria

Category IV – 13 or 15 – Just succeeds in achieving the Performance Criteria

 

Category I (25 marks)

This will be, for work at Intermediate 2 level, an impressive and occasionally stylish piece of writing in which the content is well selected and shows indications of insight/imagination/sophisticated thought. The structure is very appropriate and content is organised to create definite impact. Expression is confident and controlled. Word choice is often apposite and there is evidence of command of a range of sentence structures. Techniques associated with the genre are used effectively.

Imaginative writing in this Category will be characterised by a strong sense that the writer has a thorough knowledge and understanding of the genre and can exploit its conventions with a measure of success; the writing is consistently of a high standard, with evidence of some skill in the use of language.

Personal/Reflective writing in this Category will be characterised by a sense of mature reflection; the writer’s personality is communicated clearly and convincingly; the writing is consistently of a high standard, with evidence of real skill in the use of language.

Discursive writing in this Category will, as appropriate to the specific genre and purpose, be characterised by a clear sense of engagement with the ideas/issues and a secure understanding of them; the line of thought is well-developed and sustained; the writing is consistently of a high standard, and conveys the writer’s stance convincingly.

Category II (21 or 23 marks)

This will be, for work at Intermediate 2 level, a very sound piece of writing in which the content is sensibly selected and shows some indication of insight/imagination/sophisticated thought. The structure is appropriate and content is organised to create some impact. Expression is controlled. Word choice is consistently appropriate, and sentence structures are varied. Techniques associated with the genre are used appropriately.

Imaginative writing in this Category will be characterised by a clear sense that the writer has detailed knowledge and understanding of the genre and is trying to exploit its conventions; the writing is often of a high standard and language is used with some skill.

Personal/Reflective writing in this Category will be characterised by an ability to explore experience with some insight and sensitivity; the writer’s personality comes across clearly; the writing is often of a high standard and language is used with some skill.

Discursive writing in this Category will, as appropriate to the specific genre and purpose, be characterised by a sense of engagement with the ideas/issues and a secure understanding of them; the line of thought is clear and has some development; the writing is often of a high standard, and conveys the writer’s stance effectively.

Category III (17 or 19 marks)

A competent piece of writing in which the content shows some evidence of mature thought. The material is organised competently. Expression is mainly controlled. Word choice is mostly appropriate, and there is some variation in sentence structures. Techniques associated with the genre are in evidence.

Imaginative writing in this Category will be characterised by a sense that the writer has knowledge and understanding of the genre; the writing is mostly controlled and language is sometimes used effectively.

Personal/Reflective writing in this Category will be characterised by an attempt to explore experience with insight and sensitivity; there is a recognisable sense of the writer’s personality; the writing is mostly controlled and language is sometimes used effectively.

Discursive writing in this Category will, as appropriate to the specific genre and purpose, be characterised by a clear understanding of the ideas/issues; the line of thought is clear; the writing is mostly controlled and conveys the writer’s stance clearly.

Category IV (13 or 15 marks)

An adequate piece of writing in which the content shows some signs of depth of thought and there is some development. The structure is appropriate for the genre. Expression is adequate. There is some evidence that choice of words and sentence structures has been made to achieve some effect, and there is use of some of the techniques associated with the genre.

Imaginative writing in this Category will be characterised by a sense that the writer has some knowledge and understanding of the genre; the writing is mostly competent and there is a discernible attempt to use language to create impact.

Personal/Reflective writing in this Category will be characterised by a limited attempt to explore experience; there is some sense of the writer’s personality; the writing is mostly competent and there is a discernible attempt to use language to create impact.

Discursive writing in this Category will, as appropriate to the specific genre and purpose, be characterised by a basic understanding of the ideas/issues; the line of thought is discernible; the writing is mostly competent and conveys the writer’s stance.

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