Year 8- Building skills in English

Writing to inform and guide

Be the guide

On the way to the cathedral...

In your notebook write a paragraph guiding readers how to get from the bull fighting ring to the Cathedral Santa María la Real . Tell your readers at least three things they could see on the way there.

You may use Google Maps if you need a more detailed map.

What makes travel writing special?

Elements of Good Travel Writing to Create an Impression

Link the first and the second part of the sentences below so that they make sense.
  • A good travel writing piece centers on
    a key event.
  • A good travel writing piece uses chronological background information
    that builds up to the key event.
  • A good travel writing piece may include research to further the background information
    even if the writer didn’t know the informative details at the time of the trip.
  • A good travel writing piece clearly describes the location and focuses
    on elements that are key to the setting of the story and the experience.
  • A good travel writing piece clearly describes any important people
    so that readers feel as if they know these characters a little.
  • A good travel writing piece clearly uses dialogue where possible
    to help the reader “hear” the locals.
  • A good travel writing piece mixes reflections on the experience with the retelling
    to help the reader grasp the importance of the experience.

Baja California Is the Ultimate Road Trip

Baja California Is the Ultimate Road Trip
A weekend of flavorful tacos, fresh ceviche, and local wine? Yes, please!

By Marie McGrory a producer for National Geographic Travel based in Washington, D.C. 


Read her article by clicking on the following link:

http://on.natgeo.com/2pdCHGI


Analysis of Travel Writing part 1

Answer the question assigned to you. Share your answer with each one of your classmates.


1. How does the author attempt to get the reader’s attention? Do you think this method is effective? Why or why not? (Cristina)

2. What kind of background information does the author give? Why is it necessary? Is there anything that you feel the author left out? (William) 

3. Does the author describe the setting? What kinds of details does she give? Why? Is there anything you wish the author had mentioned but didn’t? (Leticia)

4. Does the author describe any people? What kinds of details does she give about the people?  (Alex)

5. Compare details about people with the way the author describes the location. What similar elements are provided? What different elements? (Hari)

6. What is the main event in the story? How do you know? (Marcos)

Analysis of Travel Writing part 2

What does the photograph included in the travel writing article Baja California Is the Ultimate Road Trip by Marie McGrory add to the reading experience? Share your thoughts with a partner.