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Question 4 on paper 2

Question 4 on paper 2 is another comparison question – only this time you need to do more than compare content – you have to think about a) the writer’s viewpoint and b) how they convey this viewpoint We’ve been looking at two texts about prisons – see here and now we have to compare for… Continue reading Question 4 on paper 2

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What to say about the effects of language – tackling the language questions

    I’ve been thinking about how to get students to articulate their feelings and I had a look at the AQA specimen assessment materials as well as the mark schemes. The new language question 3 on paper 2 (and question 2 on paper 1) asks us to look at AO2: the extract below is… Continue reading What to say about the effects of language – tackling the language questions

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Y10 exam revision paper 2 question 2

QUESTION 2 This is the comparing and synthesising question. Remember that there is another comparison question on question 4, so we need to make sure we know what we need to do in each of them. Question 2 is really comparing details about content – don’t worry about the language effects, methods and all that… Continue reading Y10 exam revision paper 2 question 2

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Preparing for a Paper 2 exam

We looked at two texts about prisons. One from Henry Mayhew (19th century) and one from a blog post written by Alex Cavendish (see here for the blog). The two texts are reproduced below: Source A: Henry Mayhew visits a prison The next moment a stream of some dozen or two prisoners poured from the… Continue reading Preparing for a Paper 2 exam

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Poetry – two lines at a time

I’ve often tried to reinforce with students the idea that that they don’t have to write about every line in the poem and the old cliche ‘a lot about a little’ never seems to go out of date. I spent some time in revision sessions just working on three or four key lines from across… Continue reading Poetry – two lines at a time

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Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde – still thinking about AO3 and extract to whole

In class, we had a great discussion on this passage from the novel (I need to stop calling it a novel – it’s actually a novella, or a short novel).   Whilst reading the passage, I asked the class to underline ONE word per line, the word that they think stands out like a neon… Continue reading Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde – still thinking about AO3 and extract to whole

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GCSE English Language Paper 2

AQA GCSE English Language Paper 2: Viewpoints and Perspectives Resources Street Life by Sophie Haycock (from AQA GCSE English Language paper Unit 1H – November 2012) Night Walks by Charles Dickens (nineteenth century non-fiction) Both texts describe the experiences of a writer/journalist who deliberately spends some time on the streets to experience the life of… Continue reading GCSE English Language Paper 2

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Teaching the critical evaluation question – The Haunting of Hill House

The new spec is giving me every excuse to indulge in using great extracts from a range of texts. We looked at an extract from Shirley Jackson’s Haunting of Hill House and also used the corresponding extract to the film to stimulate discussion.   Setting the scene… Show this image of the two characters, Eleanor and… Continue reading Teaching the critical evaluation question – The Haunting of Hill House