We know that students find the structure question on AQA’s GCSE English Language Paper 1 a difficult nut to crack. Here’s an example from June 2019:
You now need to think about the whole of the source.
This text is from the beginning of a short story.
How has the writer structured the text to interest you as a reader?
You could write about:
• what the writer focuses your attention on at the beginning of the source
• how and why the writer changes this focus as the source develops
• any other structural features that interest you.
If you want a suggested work-around this problem, jump to the end of this blog. If you want to read on for a boring rationale, please continue.
There are perhaps several reasons for why this question confounds: firstly, its position on the paper, secondly, the way it lures students into a…
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