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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

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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


English language

English Language

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%


Paper 1 section a 27 marks reading media and non fiction
Paper 1 Section A – 27 marksReading -Media and Non-fiction

Skills need for this section of the exam:

  • Read with understanding and develop interpretations (pages 8-27)

  • Explain how facts and opinions are used (pages 8-9)

  • Explain how arguments or ideas are presented (pages 10-13)

  • Explain how the writers use language and structural devices (pages 14-17)

  • Explain how presentational devices are used (pages 18-21)

  • Select appropriate evidence and compare how writers use devices (pages 22-27)

    Practise in the workbook (pages 100 – 123), using websites like BBC Bitesize, or using any junk mail, newspaper and magazine articles, holiday brochures, etc.

  • Revision sessions in school on Thursdays at 3.45 – 5.00 pm


Writing section b papers 1 and 2
Writing Section B - Papers 1 and 2

Skills needed for this exam:

  • Clear communication appropriate for the audience and purpose of the task (pages 62-73)

  • Ideas organised into effective paragraphs (pages 52-53)

  • Ideas organised into effective sentence structures (pages 54-55)

  • Use a range of punctuation effectively and accurately (pages 58-60)

  • Use a variety of language features and a wide vocabulary (pages 56-57)

  • Use accurate spelling (page 61)

    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


Paper 1 section b 27 marks writing to argue persuade or advise
Paper 1 Section B – 27 marksWriting to argue, persuade or advise

One question of a choice of four:

  • Write to argue (pages 62-5)

  • Write to persuade (pages 66-69)

  • Write to advise (pages 70-73)

  • Write for a blend of two of the above purposes

    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.


English language1

English Language

Paper 2 – Wednesday 18th May

(1.30 pm)

30% of total marks

Section A – Reading Poems from Different Cultures (45 minutes) – 15%

Section B - Writing to inform, explain, describe (45 minutes) - 15%


Reading poems from different cultures
Reading Poems from Different Cultures

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:

http://www.aqa.org.uk/qualifications/gcse/english-and-media/english/english-a.php


Paper 2 section b 27 marks writing to inform explain describe
Paper 2 Section B – 27 marks Writing to inform, explain, describe

One question from a choice of four:

  • Write to inform

  • Write to explain

  • Write to advise

  • Write for a specified audience using a blend of two of the above purposes

  • Skills as for Paper 1 Section B (slide 5)

  • Time management (see slide 6)

    Practise: Revision Guide (pages 74-87 and Workbook (pages 182-189) or by making up questions, or by looking at past papers on

    http://www.aqa.org.uk/qualifications/gcse/english-and-media/english/english-a.php


English literature
English Literature describe

24th May (9 am)

Section A - 45 minutes (27 marks)

Students are studying EITHER:

To Kill A Mockingbird (NCH group)

OR

Of Mice and Men (JLW, JEH-A, LSL, CVP groups)

OR

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:

EITHER

Seamus Heaney and Gillian Clarke (pages 19-31) – RJS group

OR

Carol Ann Duffy and Simon Armitage (pages 32-45)

AND

From the Pre-1914 Poetry Bank (page 46-58)

and should answer one question using four of the poems they have studied


Revising for english literature
Revising for English Literature describe

  • KNOW texts well: share reading them at home, talk about them;

  • UNDERSTAND texts: explain to each other what the main ideas and characters are all about;

  • PRACTISE exam answers;

  • ATTEND after school exam preparation sessions;

  • To help: useful websites, study guides,

    teachers (!!), and AQA past papers available online.


Advice for english literature exam
Advice for English Literature exam describe

  • Find the pages for the texts studied

  • Readthe questions for your texts BEFORE planning answers

  • Answer section B FIRST. It is worth 36 marks (9 more than Section A). Spend one hour on Section B before moving on to Section A.

  • Put the number of the question answered in the box provided


Good Luck in your exams describe

With best wishes from

The English Department

English exams:

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


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