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Writing Paper Part 2. Task Type: Set Text - Letter
Colm Toibin's 'Brooklyn'

Your local library is staging an exhibition of books and films on the following theme:

Home is where the heart is

Write a letter to the chief librarian recommending ‘Brooklyn' as a suitable book or film. You should discuss the significance of the theme of 'home is where the heart is' within the book, and illustrate your answer by making reference to characters and events. (around 280 - 320 words)

What you need to do to pass
Read our checklist first to understand what the examiner is looking for in a good answer.

Ideas for writing
Ask yourself the following questions to help you get started:

  • Begin your letter with reference to the exhibition.
  • Introduce the letter by giving a very brief account of the general topic of the novel.
  • Make sure you make clear the key characters and relationships in the novel. In terms of 'home is where the heart is' you could examine how various relationships Eilis has with other characters affect her sense of home.
  • Think about the extent to which Eilis' conflicting emotions and dreams for the future affect the idea of home being where her heart is.

Drafting and proofreading your work

You should look at your first draft of the task and decide:

  • Have you answered the question fully?
  • Is the layout and organisation appropriate for a letter of this kind?
  • Is the language accurate with a good range of structures?
  • Is the style appropriate and consistent for your letter?
  • Will it have a positive effect on the reader?

If the answer is 'no' to any of these questions then you will need to do some more drafting!


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