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
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.
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