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The Great Gatsby. Chapter Two. What are the ingredients of a successful 1(a) question?. (particularly when you’re dealing with a novel rather than a poem). In groups, your first task:. Read through the essay on Chapter 2

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the great gatsby

The Great Gatsby

Chapter Two

What are the ingredients of a successful 1(a) question?

(particularly when you’re dealing with a novel rather than a poem)

in groups your first task
In groups, your first task:
  • Read through the essay on Chapter 2
  • Take 3 different coloured highlighters: one for Form, one for Structure, one for Language
  • Highlight the essay with the relevant colour wherever you feel that feature is being discussed
  • Next to each highlighting, and using the mark sheet, try to suggest the band you think the discussion deserves
swap groups now task t wo
Swap groups. Now, Task Two:
  • In the margin, write a brief summary for each paragraph of the role you think that paragraph plays within the essay
  • (for example: for paragraph 1, you might write: locates Ch. 2 within the structure of the novel – relating back to Ch. 1 and forward to the ending)
another swap now task three
Another swap; now, task three:
  • Using your response to the model essay, discuss within your group this question:
  • If you’re writing about narrative methods in a chapter of a novel, what would you say are the key elements that a good essay should include?
supplementary question
Supplementary question:
  • How well does this model essay meet the criteria you have decided on?
general advice
General advice:
  • Remember that the mark scheme does not specify content: any relevant discussion should be rewarded
  • However, there is a danger that too much concentration on details – however well managed – will overlook the idea of the chapter’s role within the novel
this might be a helpful rule of thumb
This might be a helpful rule of thumb:
  • Introduce your essay looking at the chapter’s function in the plot (what important things happen?)
  • Always write about voice (ticking the “form” box) and aim to address 2 other aspects of narrative (settings; time and sequence; characterisation; point of view ....)
  • Aim to discuss at least 3 different uses of language
  • Conclude by linking the chapter into key themes in the novel, and glancing ahead to what comes next.