English A Language and Literature. Preparing for Paper Two What must you be able to do?. Paper Two. Answer one essay question only . You must base your answer on at least two of the Part 3 works you have studied . . Instructions on exam paper.
Preparing for Paper Two
What must you be able to do?
Answer oneessay question only. You must base your answer on at least twoof the Part 3 works you have studied. Answers which are not based on a discussion of at least two Part 3 works will not score high marks. Your answer should address the ways in which language, context and structure contribute to your reading of each work.
Know them. Know what to do.
Knowledge of the part 3 works and the way context affects their meaning is thoroughly and persuasively illustrated and the understanding shown is perceptive.
The essay demonstrates an understanding of the works and knowledge of the contexts in which they were written. The student shows how context affects interpretations of the texts.
There is excellent understanding of the expectations and many of the subtleties of the question; the response is relevant, focused and insightful.
A Paper 2 essay should focus on the question chosen. The implications of the exam question need to be explored in depth, and the student's response must be relevant to it.
There is excellent awareness and illustration of the use of stylistic features, with very good understanding of their effects.
In the Paper 2 exam, a connection needs to be made between the author's use of stylistic features and the effect of them on his or her audience. As Paper 2 questions invite students to explore how meaning is shaped by context, answers will have to explain why authors choose a certain genre, narrative technique or structure.
There is precise focus and excellent structure; the work is coherently sequenced and thoroughly developed.
The essay must develop an answer to the question coherently and effectively. Topic sentences should guide the ideas of paragraphs. Illustrations should be integrated well and explanations should shed light on the subject matter.
Language is very clear, effective, carefully chosen and precise, with a high degree of accuracy in grammar, vocabulary and sentence structure.
The language of the Paper 2 exam should be effective and accurate. The choice of vocabulary and use of grammar should be consistent and appropriate.
Structure each paragraph like this:
There are several themes that run throughout the work. One of them is that Changez feels he is betraying his country and its people by working for a nation which does not respect its culture.
Use quotes, paraphrases of passages to support your POINT. Integrate these well into your writing, using a suitable phrase:
He comes to believe that American culture and its economy slyly recruits the brightest from around the world to, in effect, become “Janissaries” for the American empire like the young Christian boys captured and trained to be soldiers of the Sultan. After his talk with Juan-Bautista in Chile where he ….Changezthought “It was right for me to refuse to participate any longer in facilitating this project of domination … I resolved to look about me with an ex-janissary’s gaze …”
Explains how the example illustrates the main point.
Changezis repulsed by the idea that he has been co-opted to undermine the interests of his countrymen, neighbors, and fellow Muslims; that he is fighting for the powerful against the powerless. As a result he decides …
Paper 2 exam is asks you to do just two things in order to answer the question:
1. Show that you know at lot about the novel and the context. 2. Comment on the author's use of language, style and structure.
Do research on the time period when the work was written and the authors that you have studied for Part 3 works. Find 3-5 points from his/her life that may be relevant to the work you read.
Write about these three things in the essay in order to score well on Criterion C:
1. Setting - How important is it to understanding the context? 2. Plot - Was there a twist, a climax, a conflict that was of particular importance?3. Narrative technique - Who is telling the story? How does the narrator tell the story? Why did the author choose to tell it this way?
Make notes on each of the books under these headings