Kureiji_Riji
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So I'm resitting my English Lit exam on the 16th of May, and I have absolutely no idea still how to structure the texts in context part of the exam. I'm fine with the poetry I think, but I just can't master the technique for that part. I really struggle with finding good wider reading links, especially since it's 50/50 on wider reading and the non-fiction extract they give you. I know you link f/s/l but does anyone have any good tips on how to write an actual essay? I'm still not getting good enough grades for that part :/ I think I just feature spotted last year and panicked with the extract given.

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(It's Eng Lit Specification A: Struggle for identity in modern literature by the way.)
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i am exactly the same am resitting too. just can't write the essays!
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I'm OK I think with the poetry part, I'm going to do some practice papers this weekend and if I still can't get it right then I don't even know.
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Ok, you need to be able to link the extract to three bits of wider reading, supported by quotes. You need a play, a poem and prose. Find links via context. Struggle for Identity could be through sexuality or upbringing. basically wider reading is needed to show you've put work in. I advise the wasp factory, Top Girls and maybe Mrs Faust (Duffy)
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I know what to do for the questions and what I need, I have all my wider reading texts and the struggles. I just struggle with the technique and not forcing a link in. My friend managed to do her exam last year with quotes she'd prepared and linked it and got an A, even though you shouldn't really do that. I have a range of things to use, it's just making the best link and trying not to make it look forced. That's where I went wrong last year, I panicked.
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I'm so so confused about the exam questions apparently they're divided into genre style theme and character. Does anyone know about this.:confused:
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(Original post by Kureiji_Riji)
I know what to do for the questions and what I need, I have all my wider reading texts and the struggles. I just struggle with the technique and not forcing a link in. My friend managed to do her exam last year with quotes she'd prepared and linked it and got an A, even though you shouldn't really do that. I have a range of things to use, it's just making the best link and trying not to make it look forced. That's where I went wrong last year, I panicked.

I took this exam last year and got a high A so I might be of some assistance. What do you usually link by? I might be able to help you from there.
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