Approximately how many points/paragraphs are needed for an A2 English Lit essay?Watch
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How many ideas/points are we expected to cover in an A2 English lit essay?
I'm doing A2 English lit with OCR. When I write essays I focus on hitting all the assessment objectives rather than making loads of points that have no meaning.
AO1 - creativity, grammar etc.
AO2 - analysis (structure, language, form)
AO3 - links and interpretations
AO4 - context
(You can find this all on the exam board's website)
It's a closed text exam so you have to be selective about the quotes you learn - my teacher always says you need to pick quotes that work really hard for you i.e. that cover multiple themes and assessment objectives.
Also past examiner reports have said that people often forget about close analysis and identifying literary devices as well as commenting on form e.g. poetry vs. morality play - depending on the texts you've studied.
The exam is split into section A and section B for OCR. Each question is worth 30 marks and you do one question in each section (so 1 hour per question). I recommend doing practice essays and seeing how much you can write in that time, then go through it and see if you've covered all the assessment objectives. If not, then go through and see where you might have missed opportunities to discuss AO2/3/4.
If you're not with OCR then my answer might not be much help, but I hope it's useful nonetheless!
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