English Language and English Literature GCSEs AQA Specification A http://www.aqa.org.uk/qualifications/gcse/english-and-media/english/english-a.php. Higher tier – A* - D Foundation tier C - G. English Language. Paper 1 – Monday 16 th May (9 am) 30% of total marks
English Language and English Literature GCSEsAQA Specification Ahttp://www.aqa.org.uk/qualifications/gcse/english-and-media/english/english-a.php
Higher tier – A* - D
Foundation tier C - G
Paper 1 – Monday 16th May (9 am)
30% of total marks
Section A – Reading Media and Non-fiction texts (1 hour) – 15%
Section B - Writing to argue, persuade, advise (45 mins) - 15%
Skills need for this section of the exam:
Practise in the workbook (pages 100 – 123), using websites like BBC Bitesize, or using any junk mail, newspaper and magazine articles, holiday brochures, etc.
Skills needed for this exam:
Practise using the workbook (pages 162-189) or by using newspapers, magazines, web pages as a model.
Revision sessions in school on Thursdays 3.45 – 5.00 pm
One question of a choice of four:
45 minutes can be divided as follows:
5 minutes – Read questions, choose one, highlight key words, and plan for an introduction, four paragraphs and a conclusion.
2 minutes – Write a short introduction outlining the purpose of the writing (link to the key words of the question).
8 minutes each – Follow the plan and write four paragraphs.
2 minutes – Draw ideas together in a short conclusion outlining the overall point
4 minutes – Edit and proof read for accuracy.
Paper 2 – Wednesday 18th May
30% of total marks
Section A – Reading Poems from Different Cultures (45 minutes) – 15%
Section B - Writing to inform, explain, describe (45 minutes) - 15%
Content for this section of the exam:
Students have an anthology in which they are making notes. They will receive a clean copy of the anthology in the exam.
There will be a named poem which must be compared with one other poem in the Different Cultures section (pages 5-18 in the Anthology)
They must know ALL the poems in at least one of the two clusters (8 poems)
Skills needed for this section of the exam:
Read with insight and engagement, develop and sustain interpretations (pages 30-47)
Understand and analyse how writers use devices to achieve effects (pages 36-47)
Select appropriate, short quotations to support points made . Integrate comparisons. (pages 32-47)
Practise: Workbook pages 126-141 for Cluster 1, pages 142-159 for Cluster 2, or by using BBC Bitesize or by making up questions, or by looking at past papers on:
One question from a choice of four:
Practise: Revision Guide (pages 74-87 and Workbook (pages 182-189) or by making up questions, or by looking at past papers on
24th May (9 am)
Section A - 45 minutes (27 marks)
Students are studying EITHER:
To Kill A Mockingbird (NCH group)
Of Mice and Men (JLW, JEH-A, LSL, CVP groups)
Lord of the Flies (RJS group)
and should answer one question on the book they are studying
Section B – 1 hour (36 marks)
Students are studying poems in the Anthology:
Seamus Heaney and Gillian Clarke (pages 19-31) – RJS group
Carol Ann Duffy and Simon Armitage (pages 32-45)
From the Pre-1914 Poetry Bank (page 46-58)
and should answer one question using four of the poems they have studied
teachers (!!), and AQA past papers available online.
Good Luck in your exams describe
With best wishes from
The English Department
Language Paper 1: Monday 16th May (am)
Revise Reading Media and non-fiction texts
Revise/practise writing—to discuss, argue, persuade
Language Paper 2: Wednesday 18th May (pm)
Revise Poems from Different Cultures (Cluster 1 and/or Cluster 2 in Anthology)
Revise/practise writing—to inform, explain, describe
Literature: Tuesday, 24th May (am)
Revise and bring To Kill a Mockingbird orOf Mice and Men or Lord of the Flies
Revise Duffy/Armitage OR Heaney/Clarke poems and pre-1914 poems