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					                         GCSE English and English Literature Exam Summary (Higher and Foundation)

Which        When?        How Long?    What do I have to     What do I have to do?
Paper?                                 take in with me?
                                       You will be given          Reading section – 45 minutes
English      Tuesday                   ‘clean’ copies of     Respond to one question on the text you have studied. There will
Literature                1 hour 45    ‘Lord of the Flies’   be a choice of 2 questions.
             22nd May     minutes      and the poems by           Reading section – 1 hour
                                       Heaney, Clarke and    Respond to one question on Pre-1914 poetry and Post-1914
             Morning                   the pre-1914 poets.
                                                             poetry (Heaney and Clarke). There will be a choice of 3 questions.

                                                                   Reading section – 1 hour
                                                             Read and answer the questions on unseen non-fiction and media
English      Tuesday                                         texts. There will be a range of questions, all of which you must
GCSE                                                         answer.
             5th June     1 hour 45    Writing equipment           Writing section – 45 minutes
Paper 1                   minutes
                                                             You will be provided with a choice of tasks asking you to produce
             Morning
                                                             a piece of writing to persuade, argue or advise. You answer one
                                                             question.

                                                                   Reading section – 45 minutes
English      Thursday                  Writing equipment     Respond to a question on Poetry from Different Cultures (Cluster
GCSE                                                         1). There will only be one question so you don’t have a choice.
             7th June     1 hour 30    You will be given           Writing section – 45 minutes
Paper 2                   minutes      ‘clean’ copies of the Choose either writing to describe, explain or inform, and write one
             Afternoon                 poems from Cluster
                                                             piece in response to the question. There will be a choice of
                                       1 in your AQA
                                       anthology             questions.




                  Reading questions assess your ability to understand and interpret the writing of others
                           Writing questions assess your ability to produce your own writing
                                              English GCSE - Paper 1

Section A (READING)

      Read the questions before you read the unseen texts (to look for particular information while you read).
      You will always be asked to select/comment on facts and opinions, the language and the presentational devices.
      Avoid making generalisations and pick out specific examples (use PEE).
      Visual images are often used now in exam papers. Focus on the content, camera angle, colour and background.Think
about how presentational devices are used.
      Look at how many marks are allocated for each question (spend the most time and write the most for questions worth
the highest number of marks).
      If you are given bullet points in questions, use them to guide your answer.
      Plan your longer answers (eg. If you are comparing two texts, make a list of similarities and differences).
      Use ideas from the texts and quote, when relevant, to enhance your answer.



Section B (WRITING)

     You will be doing one of the following:
Writing to Argue – express a point of view as clearly and effectively as possible.
Writing to Persuade – encourage your reader to agree with a point of view or to feel something.
Writing to Advise – suggest how somebody might do something, or how they might solve a problem.
     You may get one question asking you to combine 2 of these skills.
     Remember PAF = Purpose? Audience? Format?
     Always spend 5 minutes planning (organise your ideas, jot down points to remember and techniques to use).
     Then spend 5 minutes at the end checking your work (spelling, punctuation, grammar, paragraphs, vocabulary,
audience awareness, sentence variation, rhetorical devices).



                   Reading questions assess your ability to understand and interpret the writing of others
                            Writing questions assess your ability to produce your own writing
                                               English GCSE - Paper 2

Section A (READING)

Poetry from Different Cultures (Cluster 1):
     Remember that you are comparing poems from different cultures, backgrounds, countries, customs and beliefs.
     One poem will be named in the question and you will normally have to select other poems to write about yourself.
     Look at the similarities and differences between the poems.
     Write about the poems together and not separately – you must do this in order to compare them effectively!
     Your introduction should introduce the two poems and what you will be focusing on. The conclusion should sum up your
ideas and suggest further areas to look at or a new point.
     Focus on the language (similes, metaphors, alliteration, onomatopoeia, senses, colour imagery, repetition, dialect) but
make sure you talk about the effect of these rather than just identifying them!
     Focus on the structure and form (rhyme, rhythm, verses, layout, punctuation, poetic voice).
     Select quotations to support your points.

Section B (WRITING)

      You will be doing one of the following:
Writing to Describe –use description, create mood and vivid imagery. Try to imagine the place or person in your head. Use
the five senses to guide your writing (see, smell, hear, taste, touch).
Writing to Explain – put an idea across in a clear and detailed way. Your explanation needs to follow a logical plan using
discourse markers (eg. furthermore, therefore, moreover).
Writing to Inform – give information in a clear and interesting way. You need to organise your writing and give opinions on the
topic given.
      Always spend 5 minutes planning and then 5 minutes at the end checking your work (see Paper 1 - Section B Writing).




                    Reading questions assess your ability to understand and interpret the writing of others
                             Writing questions assess your ability to produce your own writing
                                              English Literature GCSE

Section A (READING - ‘Lord of the Flies’)

       Avoid re-telling the plot as you will gain very few marks. The examiner knows what happens in the novel.
       You will be given a copy of the novel but it won’t be any use unless you know where to find quotations. The exam room
is not the place to be reading things for the first time!
       Choose the question that you feel most confident about – don’t change your mind half way through.
       Select quotations to back up your points.
       Analyse the quotations and explain how they are relevant to your essay focus.
       Make sure you answer the question you are given – irrelevant comments and analysis are worth nothing no matter how
intelligent they may be!
       Think about your written ‘style’ – you have to sound intelligent!

Section B (READING - POETRY)
Pre-1914 poetry and Post-1914 poetry:

     Each question will require you to compare 4 poems – some questions will be in 2 parts.
     When you are comparing four poems, you do not need to write a balanced discussion of all four. Try to concentrate on
the main discussion of two poems.
     Try to pick out something that is interesting and relevant to the question as examiners are not looking for you to cover
everything in the poems.
     Focus on the language and structure in the poems (see Paper 2 – Reading section).
     You must write about two Pre-1914 poems, one Heaney and one Clarke poem. Some poems will be named but
elsewhere you have to make a choice. Think carefully about which question you choose to answer!
     Remember to use discourse markers to guide you in a comparison essay (eg. however, although, nevertheless, on the
other hand, similarly, moreover, furthermore, additionally).
     It is acceptable to abbreviate the titles of longer poems, eg.’Affliction’ by Wordsworth. Always refer to poets by their
surnames.
                    Reading questions assess your ability to understand and interpret the writing of others
                             Writing questions assess your ability to produce your own writing
Reading questions assess your ability to understand and interpret the writing of others
         Writing questions assess your ability to produce your own writing

				
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