Exam prep– Oleanna. Drama preparation. In Section B the strongest responses were those where candidates: analysed the extract in detail before moving on to discuss at least one other part of the play showed a clear understanding of the text as drama
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In Section B the strongest responses were those where candidates:
AO1: it is very pleasing to note that the majority of candidates are aware of the requirement to include detailed analysis of the extract. A few candidates, however, ignored the extract altogether, or dealt with it only briefly. As stated in the January report, it might be useful for candidates to think about spending around 50% of their time on the extract (although this is only one approach). In addition, the wording of the questions has been changed from ‘elsewhere in the play’ to ‘at least one other point in the play’. While candidates are free to range throughout the play if they wish, the most successful answers were those where candidates chose one other point in the play and analysed it in detail. This helped candidates to deal effectively with AO2 (close analysis) and AO4 (links between the extract and the wider play).
AO2: as stated in the January report, the majority of centres are giving excellent advice to their candidates about the necessity of focusing closely on a range of dramatic techniques. Many candidates wrote confidently about the texts as drama, discussing staging, costume, props, music, for example. However, there is still a significant minority of candidates who are not engaging with the text as drama. In some cases candidates were able to achieve Band 5 marks for AO1 and AO4 but included very little in the way of discussion of dramatic techniques (AO2). In these cases candidates tended to include examples of dialogue to back up their points rather than discussing the techniques used in the dialogue.
Some candidates are writing about characters as if they were real people. Referring to the playwright’s presentation of characters (i.e. how effects are achieved) and to the function of characters makes it clear that candidates understand that characters are constructs.