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    (Original post by teacherforall)
    Hi,

    I'm a teacher of English, at GCSE and A Level. The English department, at my school, have been with the AQA Exam Board, since 2011, and, as I have seen, nearly, all of the past papers for the Unit 1 Exam, I have a strong feeling of the questions that may come up.

    Short Stories Anthology:

    I believe that one of the questions will ask you about how a character is developed throughout one of the short stories - my feeling being drawn towards Sandra from The Darkness Out There. For the second part of the question, I believe that you will have to choose another short story in which you believe a character is developed and analytically evaluate the text, so that you are able to justify why you have this interpretation.

    At my school, we don't study any of the other books, in Section A, so I am unable to predict a question for those texts. Apologies.

    Of Mice and Men:

    Many candidates on this thread are predicting that Curley or Slim may appear in the question, but I don't think that this will be the case. I have a feeling that AQA may ask you to analyse another character, that they have asked before, or, possibly, ask you to look at a passage and analyse the difference between two characters.

    Setting is also another possibility. You may be asked to reference the Barn or you may have to analyse how Steinbeck uses language to introduce themes, on the opening page, for example.

    Also, as a teacher and examiner, I know how to apply the mark scheme, so I would be more than happy to check your answers to previous questions, if that would be beneficial to you. If you would like me to mark one of your responses and provide you with detailed feedback, then message me!

    Good luck with the exam,
    Mr Derby.
    Hi,

    I know you probably haven't taught 'The Woman in Black', but could you apply your knowledge on other books to tell me how I could go about getting an A* with that book in the AQA exam?

    Thanks
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    (Original post by ndean1sc)
    Hi there teacherforall, and thanks for the information above. I have been reviewing past papers too, but I am unable to access the January 2013 one - do you have access to that at all, or do you know anywhere online where it appears? It is the OMAM and an Inspector Calls that I am interested in. Thank you again, best wishes.
    I think the January 2013 paper is in the .zip folder that ryanb97 posted before: http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show...&postcount=270

    Although I can't check right now since I'm in my phone :P


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    (Original post by BP_Tranquility)
    I think the January 2013 paper is in the .zip folder that ryanb97 posted before: http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show...&postcount=270

    Although I can't check right now since I'm in my phone :P


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    Yes Ive got it now - thank you EVERYONE - very much. Your support is much appreciated. Good luck to everyone!
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    (Original post by teacherforall)
    The January 2013 papers are confidential and I can't publish them on here because it would defeat the purpose of my school having English mock exams - most of my students will see the exam paper before we do the internal mock assessments. Unfortunately, I can't.

    If you need any help with papers that are available on AQAs website, then message me.

    I apologies if I haven't been any help.
    No need to apologise - I understand. You have already been a great help. Thanks a million!
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    (Original post by andersson)
    Hi,

    I know you probably haven't taught 'The Woman in Black', but could you apply your knowledge on other books to tell me how I could go about getting an A* with that book in the AQA exam?

    Thanks
    I wish I had a teacher like you, Our teachers barely help us lol except my latest teacher lol....

    P.s anyone else doing kindertransport.... If yes help would be much appreciated.
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    (Original post by ndean1sc)
    Yes Ive got it now - thank you EVERYONE - very much. Your support is much appreciated. Good luck to everyone!
    I forgot to attach the mark scheme

    here it is for people

    the paper is here to for convenience

    it has all of the new SPAG guidance and some new AO1,Ao2 stuff which i havent seen before lol


    hope that helps

    ryan
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  1. File Type: pdf Jan 2013 QP - unit 1.pdf (148.1 KB, 256 views)
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  3. File Type: pdf 2013 - mark scheme unit 1.pdf (477.2 KB, 284 views)
  4. File Type: pdf 2013 mark scheme unit 2.pdf (301.8 KB, 78 views)
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    (Original post by teacherforall)
    Hi,

    I'm a teacher of English, at GCSE and A Level. The English department, at my school, have been with the AQA Exam Board, since 2011, and, as I have seen, nearly, all of the past papers for the Unit 1 Exam, I have a strong feeling of the questions that may come up.

    Short Stories Anthology:

    I believe that one of the questions will ask you about how a character is developed throughout one of the short stories - my feeling being drawn towards Sandra from The Darkness Out There. For the second part of the question, I believe that you will have to choose another short story in which you believe a character is developed and analytically evaluate the text, so that you are able to justify why you have this interpretation.

    At my school, we don't study any of the other books, in Section A, so I am unable to predict a question for those texts. Apologies.

    Of Mice and Men:

    Many candidates on this thread are predicting that Curley or Slim may appear in the question, but I don't think that this will be the case. I have a feeling that AQA may ask you to analyse another character, that they have asked before, or, possibly, ask you to look at a passage and analyse the difference between two characters.

    Setting is also another possibility. You may be asked to reference the Barn or you may have to analyse how Steinbeck uses language to introduce themes, on the opening page, for example.

    Also, as a teacher and examiner, I know how to apply the mark scheme, so I would be more than happy to check your answers to previous questions, if that would be beneficial to you. If you would like me to mark one of your responses and provide you with detailed feedback, then message me!

    Good luck with the exam,
    Mr Derby.
    Ermm, an A-level English teacher who cannot even use commas or apostrophes (in your next post) correctly... yeah right! More likely to be a troll just bored. Why would a teacher come onto a student forum and offer to mark everyone’s work for free?! Yeah, ‘cause they don’t have enough of their own students’ work to be marking!

    But even if you are a teacher - which I highly doubt - I think it is quite naive to rule out Curley or Slim just because you've been with AQA "since 2011". I mean what kind of a feat is that anyway? My teacher, with many years of experience as an examiner, says it's a real possibility that these characters will come up.
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    (Original post by Instinct01)

    Ermm, an A-level English teacher who cannot even use commas or apostrophes (in your next post) correctly... yeah right! More likely to be a troll just bored. Why would a teacher come onto a student forum and offer to mark everyone’s work for free?! Yeah, ‘cause they don’t have enough of their own students’ work to be marking!
    .

    why are you so mean???

    ryan
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    Out of interest, is anyone doing the Kindertransport play?
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    (Original post by ryanb97)
    why are you so mean???

    ryan
    ...because I'd rather that than be a gullible fool. As another member of TSR said: 'it sounds more like a (very clever, granted) scheme for an A-Level student to get some free tips from others by gathering up their essays.' (British-Student)
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    (Original post by lilacwanda28)
    make sure you do a plan - it's the best way to make sure you get a good grade because the examiner's will look at how you structure your essay or if it's just a load of waffle. Once you've done your plan, and know generally the gist of what the essay is going to be about, base your intro, short and sweet, about all the themes you'll talk about in the essay - then link all your ideas back to the question! good luck and hope this helped xD
    Thanks! So how many paragraphs and stuff should I do? I have absolutely no idea since my teacher has not talked about structure the essay at all and I have no more English lessons until my exam! What should I write in each paragraph?? And would an introduction make the essay weaker?
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    how can you be analytic ? in eng lit, i'm doing romeo and juliet and animal farm. anyone got any tips ?
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    In section B questions, where there are two parts, how should you incorporate an introduction into the context of the text? Would you put it into the first question where you are looking at an extract, or leave it to the second more open question? :confused:
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    (Original post by cycahm)
    Thanks! So how many paragraphs and stuff should I do? I have absolutely no idea since my teacher has not talked about structure the essay at all and I have no more English lessons until my exam! What should I write in each paragraph?? And would an introduction make the essay weaker?
    I'd try and aim for about 3 or 4 paragraphs, plus an intro and a conclusion. An introduction and a conclusion don't make your essay weaker, it just shows to the examiner that you have a good structure. But if you don't have time for a conclusion, don't sweat it, the intro and the rest of the essay is more important. If you have an extract question, annotate it before hand and label all the similes, metaphors, examples of personification, things like that and then give a paragraph for ONE of those. Then make sure you talk about context of the novel (i.e. women were very unimportant - only known as Curly's wife, black people were unimportant too, but we see how CW has more power over him bc she's married to the boss' son.) In the third one maybe talk about the relationship of the characters and how that links to the context of the novella, and if you don't have an extract question, talk about the importance of nature (the water-snake at the beginning and the end.) This will then lead you to talk about the cyclical nature of the novel, and how America worked at the time - migrant ranch hands. You could talk about the importance of it being a novella, instead of a play or an out there novel.
    CONTEXT is very important. As long as you pick things out of quotes, using literary techniques and then link it to context and then back to the question you'll be fine. Hope this helped
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    (Original post by lolaaa96)
    In section B questions, where there are two parts, how should you incorporate an introduction into the context of the text? Would you put it into the first question where you are looking at an extract, or leave it to the second more open question? :confused:
    it normally has a extract for part A

    Part A

    dont use an introduction for this!
    just go down the extract appropriated and methodically and just try to cover all the points
    that will be your structure
    oh and i normally plan my essay on the extract...

    Part B

    i normally write a one/2 sentences in the introduction... which is very long ... about 3 lines


    in the matter of where to put in the context,,,, i would put it in part B
    for example the crooks question in OMAM from jan 2013
    in part A i would just write about how others viewed him on the ranch - the prejudice
    then in part B - link the prejudice to the microcosm of america

    hope that helps!

    btw that structure tends to work :
    this essay got full marks (30/30) and this person did it

    ryan
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    (Original post by Unknown505)
    How are you revising for OMAM, what do you think will come up. I did the conflict cluster, in January. Found it quite interesting, especially the context.
    They haven't asked a direct question about either Lennie or George so my bet is on one of them, but I think Slim may also come up. For revision, I've simply made mind maps for each character, each theme, context and setting with three or four different points for each one - that way I'm slightly more prepared when I'm planning in the exam (because I'll have points and quotes already in my head:yep:). I've done the same for LOTF. What about you?


    (Original post by BP_Tranquility)
    Well, I'm excited for different reasons (I want to get English literature over and done with! :P ). But I'm also anxious about it since I want to write enough to achieve a high grade without running out of time


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    Yeah, the timing is just... . I need at least an hour for each question! And haha, I'm the polar opposite, I'm going to miss GCSE English Lit. Although I'm rather looking forward to what A-Level Lit brings Best of luck!
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    (Original post by teacherforall)
    Hi,

    I'm a teacher of English, at GCSE and A Level. The English department, at my school, have been with the AQA Exam Board, since 2011, and, as I have seen, nearly, all of the past papers for the Unit 1 Exam, I have a strong feeling of the questions that may come up.

    Short Stories Anthology:

    I believe that one of the questions will ask you about how a character is developed throughout one of the short stories - my feeling being drawn towards Sandra from The Darkness Out There. For the second part of the question, I believe that you will have to choose another short story in which you believe a character is developed and analytically evaluate the text, so that you are able to justify why you have this interpretation.

    At my school, we don't study any of the other books, in Section A, so I am unable to predict a question for those texts. Apologies.

    Of Mice and Men:

    Many candidates on this thread are predicting that Curley or Slim may appear in the question, but I don't think that this will be the case. I have a feeling that AQA may ask you to analyse another character, that they have asked before, or, possibly, ask you to look at a passage and analyse the difference between two characters.

    Setting is also another possibility. You may be asked to reference the Barn or you may have to analyse how Steinbeck uses language to introduce themes, on the opening page, for example.

    Also, as a teacher and examiner, I know how to apply the mark scheme, so I would be more than happy to check your answers to previous questions, if that would be beneficial to you. If you would like me to mark one of your responses and provide you with detailed feedback, then message me!

    Good luck with the exam,
    Mr Derby.
    Thanks for offering to help us
    I'm not sure if you've studied the crucible or not, but it you have, do you have any ideas on which questions may come up? Or any other general tips/advice?


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    (Original post by Instinct01)
    Ermm, an A-level English teacher who cannot even use commas or apostrophes (in your next post) correctly... yeah right! More likely to be a troll just bored. Why would a teacher come onto a student forum and offer to mark everyone’s work for free?! Yeah, ‘cause they don’t have enough of their own students’ work to be marking!
    If you look at the other posts from that teacher, you will see that he/she is genuine...maybe you should try being more appreciative and less sceptical?



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    Hi,
    I have my GCSE English Literature - Unit 1, on Monday. I'm starting to panick now as my teacher hasn't gone through the whole of the Martyn Pig book as she is never in. Does anyone have any revision materials/ notes on Martyn Pig? It would be a huge help!

    Thanks
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    (Original post by BP_Tranquility)
    If you look at the other posts from that teacher, you will see that he/she is genuine...maybe you should try being more appreciative and less sceptical?



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    Commenting on a few posts doesn't prove that they are 'genuine' lol, what's your logic? It's more likely that by posting on such threads the 'teacher' intends to build up a reputable, trustworthy profile (and has successfully done so in many people's eyes!). Like I said before I would be skeptical about giving others your essays since there exists the probability that this is an A-level student who wants to get some free tips from others by collecting their essays and copying parts. If you want that to happen, go ahead: be my guest. But the advice you get shan't be genuine and appropriate to the mark scheme, just general waffle - i.e. 'be more detailed' and 'thanks for giving me your essay to steal some ideas'. Actually they will probably leave the latter of these two out in their reply.
 
 
 
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