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Practice - Writing - 03

Well hello, young wordsmiths! Are you ready for a grand quest through the magical land of explanatory writing? Prepare your writing quills! This quiz tests your understanding of how to write succinct and logical explanations, a skill vital in KS2 English. Answer the 10 questions in this quiz and become the explanation champion! Let your adventure begin!
1.
Why is it important to revise and edit your explanation?
To waste time
To ensure clarity and accuracy
To add more words
All of the above
Revising and editing ensures that your explanation is clear, precise and accurate.
2.
What words/phrases can help to make your explanation more coherent and logical?
Finally
Because
Firstly, Secondly
All of the above
All these words/phrases help to sequence, connect and conclude your points in an explanation.
3.
Which of the following is a typical characteristic of an explanation?
Lots of dialogue
Use of bullet points and tables
Long paragraphs with no breaks
Fictional characters
The use of bullet points and tables helps to organise the information in a clear, easy-to-understand manner.
4.
Which sentence uses a subordinating conjunction correctly?
Although my cat likes to play.
Even though is raining.
Because I'm happy.
It's raining, but I still want to go to the park.
'But' is a subordinating conjunction connecting two clauses in the sentence 'It's raining, but I still want to go to the park.'
5.
What could an effective explanation use to convey meaning?
Pictures
Activities
Examples
All of the above
Pictures, activities, and examples can all help explain the concept or process more effectively.
6.
What is the purpose of a conclusion in an explanation?
To tell a joke
To summarise the main points
To introduce new information
To ask a question
A conclusion helps to summarise the main points discussed in the explanation.
7.
If writing an explanation of why the sky is blue, what would come first?
I think the sky is blue...
The sky is blue...
When you look at the sky...
The sky is probably blue because...
We start an explanation by stating the fact - 'The sky is blue' - before explaining why.
8.
An effective explanation should...
only use long sentences.
be confusing.
be detailed and clear.
use difficult words.
An effective explanation is detailed and clear, helping the reader to understand the concept or process.
9.
Which of the following sentences provides a cause and an effect?
I went swimming yesterday.
If you water plants, they grow.
I woke up early today.
My brother is annoying.
'If you water plants, they grow' shows cause (watering plants) and effect (they grow).
10.
What type of vocabulary should be encouraged when writing explanations?
Technical vocabulary
Colloquial language
Slang words
Fanciful language
Technical vocabulary related to the subject of the explanation makes it more effective and precise.
Author:  Graeme Haw

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