Directed Writing – Winter 2023, Paper 2 Variant 3

Winter 2023, Paper 2, Variant 2, Sample Answer (Question 1)

Question 1
Imagine that your friend has an ambitious plan for their future and has asked for your views.
Write a letter to your friend offering your advice.
In your letter you should:
• evaluate the ideas, attitudes and opinions about ambition given in both texts
• based on what you have read, discuss the factors your friend needs to consider to decide if
they should follow their ambition.
Base your letter on what you have read in both texts, but be careful to use your own words.
Address both of the bullet points.
Write about 250 to 350 words.
Up to 15 marks are available for the content of your answer, and up to 25 marks for the
quality of your writing.

Dear Friend,

I hope this letter finds you in high spirits and full of enthusiasm for your ambitious plans. After reflecting on various perspectives about ambition, I felt compelled to share some insights that might help you navigate your path forward.

Ambition, as we’ve often discussed, is a double-edged sword. It’s a driving force that propels us toward our dreams, guiding our decisions and shaping our identities. The desire to achieve something great, to stand out and make our mark on the world, is a powerful motivator. However, it’s essential to remember that the nature of ambition can vary widely among individuals. For some, it’s about reaching the pinnacle of success in their field, while for others, it’s about fulfilling personal goals that bring a sense of satisfaction and joy.

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