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GCSE English Language Paper 1: using the evaluation question to help with ‘structure’

Mr Hanson's English

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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