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English GCSE: Make it an A or A*. Hello. Getting a t op grade in English is easier than you think. Today. x. What. How. 2. 1 – Listen 2 - Practise. s elf-belief. confidence. risk. Plus … read. Visualise what success will feel like. What. D or lower: inaccurate

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English GCSE: Make it an A or A*


Hello.


Getting a top grade in English is easier than you think


Today


x


What


How


2


1 – Listen

2 - Practise


self-belief

confidence

risk

Plus … read


Visualise what success will feel like


What


D or lower: inaccurate

C: accurate, plus paragraphs

B: accurate plus a bit interesting

A: accurate, interesting, enjoyable

A*: quirky


English -v-

English Literature


PAPER 1


1:

Reading non-fiction:

understand / presentation / language

Writing to argue / persuade / advise


PAPER 2


2:

Reading poetry

Writing to inform / explain / describe


PAPER 1


PAPER 2


What


How


Describe the room you are in


5

Approaches I wish someone had taught me


1: Sentence Variety


  • Short and long sentences

  • Less “and” and “but”

  • Link with “that”, “who”, “which”

  • Use 2-part sentences:

    • As …, …

    • Although …, …

    • If …, …

    • -ing …, …

    • -ed …, …


2: Vivid vocabulary:Think sensesThink metaphors


3: Tone changers:Questions – statements – dialogue – statistics


4: Surprise us(eg pronouns / narrative disjuncture)


5: Advanced punctuation:: ; (,,)


Practise …


Describe a person you admire


Write a letter to your headteacher asking for more PE and sport


How to prepare for your A/A*


Read stuff

Write stuff

Learn vocabulary (eg “suggest”)

Plan

Trick your brain


25 mins

+5 mins

Pomodoro Technique


English GCSE: Make it an A or A*


Spelling Matters


Test

Spelling is not about intelligence


3

Spelling is not about intelligence


See


Hear


Memorise


See


1: Be-lie-ve


2: Bu-sin-ess


3: Se-para-te


4: Envi-ron-ment


Hear


5: Govern+ment


6: Feb-RU-ary


7: Happen+ed


8: Sur+prise


9: Interesting


Memorise


10: Accommodation


11: Skilful


12: Necessary


Test

Spelling is not about intelligence


English GCSE: Make it an A or A*


So what have we learned …?


Good Luck!


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English GCSE: Make it an A or A*


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