Archive for the ‘Creative and Reflective Writing’ Category

Reflective Essay Examples

October 26, 2012 Leave a comment

Here are the reflective essays we looked at in class:


Two Sisters One Room

The Conker Tree

The grades and detailed comments can be found here:

Higher Writing Commentaries


Creative Essay Examples

October 26, 2012 2 comments

Here are the creative essays we looked at in class:

An Important Step

Diminished Responsibility

Cigarettes and Coffee

The grades and detailed marking comments can be found here:

Higher Writing Commentaries

Exemplar Essay and Tasks

October 19, 2012 Leave a comment

This one of the essays we discussed in class. Have a look at it and consider how you rate in in terms of:

  • Character Development
  • Setting
  • Plot

short story – fire

The plot is very simple and adheres to the four basic elements:

1.Opening – The scene and atmosphere are set via imagery and word choice. A dark mood is created and we are presented with a sombre depiction of the main character.

2.Complication – The character is presented as having an addiction to alcohol, perhaps to indicate that he is having difficulty dealing with an event. This is revealed through the writing of a letter.

3.Climax – The protagonist completes the letter and burns it as a symbolic release if his worry/guilt.

4. Resolution – A sense of optimism is created due the cathartic act of writing and subsequently burning away the character’s problems.

The plot is also successful as it never fully reveals the issue which has resulted in the situation described. This allows the reader to decide for themselves.

Try to deconstruct the successes and failures of the character development and the depiction of setting in a similar fashion.

Any questions, post a message.