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Thanks for this. Excellent advice.
can you advise anything for Paper 2?
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Thanks for this. Excellent advice.
can you advise anything for Paper 2?
I was planning on making a Paper 2 guide if this thread gets enough positive feedback. Language 2 is not until the 12th of June anyway so there is no panic/rush!
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Hello there, I would like to think I am pretty fortunate in the teaching I have received leading up to my English Exam and I see others panicking about their language exams. So I have made this thread as both a revision guide for myself and others. It merely covers 'Section A' of Paper One but it should help you achieve a high grade. If you want me to cover other sections please say so and leave a like or comment so more people can access this! Thanks.


1) AO1 - Information Retrieval
This question is relatively simple, pick four points you can deduce or infer from the extract. You can either pick quotations or paraphrase. You should aim to only spend a couple of minutes (four maximum) on this question.

Remember to:
-Pick from only within the lines specified.
-Don't do analysis of quotes just retrieve.
-Make sure if you paraphrase you are accurate.

2) AO2 - Language Analysis
This question is slightly harder. The question will ask about language methods used to describe a certain something. You should make three to four points (depending on how quick you are at writing) and have two pieces of language analysis to contribute to each point. You should aim to spend 10 minutes on this question.

Language Device Bank:
  • Alliteration - lazy lemons
  • Sibilance - hissing snakes
  • Assonance - killed cold etc
  • Listing - apples,pears or bananas
  • Rhetoric - Does it really though?
  • Exclamation - This post is amazing!
  • Rhyme - Like Pike
  • Juxtaposition - the moon shined a dull grey
  • Oxymoron - silent racket
  • Present Participle - running walking
  • Sarcasm - this post is the most interesting thing you will ever read
  • Hyperbole - I've told you a million times
  • Simile - James is amazing, like chocolate!
  • Metaphor - Ben was a Lion - running through the field
  • Repetition - Stop.. Stop.. STOP...
  • Reiteration - The street was dark. The street was gloomy.
  • Semantic Field - Death... Hanging... Breathless.... Corpse...
  • Personification - The apple jumped up
  • Objectification - I picked her up
  • Imagery - there was a crimson tinge to the valley

Feel free to add some below if you believe I missed any.

Remember to:
-Include quotations.
-Talk about sentence forms: complex, compound and simple.
-Talk about effect on reader, what they feel etc.
-Make sure you analyse some words individually.
-Use subject terms accurately - a high grade is not achievable without using them (nouns,pronouns,present participle,alliteration etc.)
-Only take evidence from within the specified lines.
-Embed your quotes - DO NOT JUST STICK THEM ON THE END OF A SENTENCE!
-Address all three bullet points: language, words/phrase and sentence forms.
-Refer back to the question regularly.

3) AO2 - Structural Analysis
This question is the hardest in my opinion. You need to write about the structural features and how the writer's focus progresses. You should write in three paragraphs: one focusing on the beginning, middle and end. These paragraphs should be filled with other structural devices you have picked out from the WHOLE extract. The extract usually will contain a turning point - where the writer's style changes - make sure you write about this. Aim to spend 10 minutes on this question if not more.

Structural Feature Bank
  • Repetition - can be language device and structure device.
  • Reiteration - same point said in different ways throughout.
  • 1st Person, 2nd Person, 3rd Person
  • Shift of focus - what we are zooming in/out on.
  • Introductions and developments - to new characters or objects.
  • Turning point - change in writing style - sinister or happy etc.
  • Time - look how time progresses throughout text.
  • Setting - how does setting change, what do we focus on.
  • Summaries and conclusions.
  • Movements from big to small or small to big.
  • Chronological order or random (with flashbacks)
  • Organised or messy - messy would provide confusion

Feel free to add some below if you believe I missed any.

Remember to:
-Include quotations.
-Embed them.
-Write about effect on reader.
-Cover whole extract in your answer.
-Similarly to question two, include subject terms - they will impress the examiner.
-Cover the focus of the writer.

4) AO4 - Evaluating texts critically
Similarly, to the last question, you will find great difficulty in mastering this question - but stick with it! You will be given a range of lines to analyse and you will have to give a personal, critical response. You will be given a statement, usually from a student, which you should ALWAYS agree with because it is usually correct to some extent. You should spend a lot of time on this question because it is worth 12.5% of your GCSE! You should write three paragraphs - two agreeing with a topic sentence at the start of each one and the last should also agree but maybe add an alternative interpretation as to why some may disagree. Always start and finish off which a conclusion stating the extent to which you agree.

Remember to:
-Include quotes.
-Use point evidence explain.
-Talk about techniques used by the author - language and structure.
-Only take evidence from within the range provided.
-Embed your quotes - sorry for being repetitive.
-Have an introduction sentence and conclusive statement regarding your opinion of the statement.

Thanks for reading this guide and I hope you achieve the grade you want out of your GCSE English. Do not be set back by Grade Boundaries given by your school. They are really quite inflated. If you think I should write more guides please say below.

Lastly, but most importantly! Chill out, de-stress and enjoy this video of a sloth.
http://bit.ly/2qGUkQN

-James
Thanks James
Very helpful
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Hello James,
I would just like to say thank you for putting this together - it's a very kind thing to do!
I'm sure everybody else appreciates this just as much as i do, so again, thank you!
I wish you the best of luck for all of your upcoming exams!
(Original post by james_furber1)
Hello there, I would like to think I am pretty fortunate in the teaching I have received leading up to my English Exam and I see others panicking about their language exams. So I have made this thread as both a revision guide for myself and others. It merely covers 'Section A' of Paper One but it should help you achieve a high grade. If you want me to cover other sections please say so and leave a like or comment so more people can access this! Thanks.


1) AO1 - Information Retrieval
This question is relatively simple, pick four points you can deduce or infer from the extract. You can either pick quotations or paraphrase. You should aim to only spend a couple of minutes (four maximum) on this question.

Remember to:
-Pick from only within the lines specified.
-Don't do analysis of quotes just retrieve.
-Make sure if you paraphrase you are accurate.

2) AO2 - Language Analysis
This question is slightly harder. The question will ask about language methods used to describe a certain something. You should make three to four points (depending on how quick you are at writing) and have two pieces of language analysis to contribute to each point. You should aim to spend 10 minutes on this question.

Language Device Bank:
  • Alliteration - lazy lemons
  • Sibilance - hissing snakes
  • Assonance - killed cold etc
  • Listing - apples,pears or bananas
  • Rhetoric - Does it really though?
  • Exclamation - This post is amazing!
  • Rhyme - Like Pike
  • Juxtaposition - the moon shined a dull grey
  • Oxymoron - silent racket
  • Present Participle - running walking
  • Sarcasm - this post is the most interesting thing you will ever read
  • Hyperbole - I've told you a million times
  • Simile - James is amazing, like chocolate!
  • Metaphor - Ben was a Lion - running through the field
  • Repetition - Stop.. Stop.. STOP...
  • Reiteration - The street was dark. The street was gloomy.
  • Semantic Field - Death... Hanging... Breathless.... Corpse...
  • Personification - The apple jumped up
  • Objectification - I picked her up
  • Imagery - there was a crimson tinge to the valley

Feel free to add some below if you believe I missed any.

Remember to:
-Include quotations.
-Talk about sentence forms: complex, compound and simple.
-Talk about effect on reader, what they feel etc.
-Make sure you analyse some words individually.
-Use subject terms accurately - a high grade is not achievable without using them (nouns,pronouns,present participle,alliteration etc.)
-Only take evidence from within the specified lines.
-Embed your quotes - DO NOT JUST STICK THEM ON THE END OF A SENTENCE!
-Address all three bullet points: language, words/phrase and sentence forms.
-Refer back to the question regularly.

3) AO2 - Structural Analysis
This question is the hardest in my opinion. You need to write about the structural features and how the writer's focus progresses. You should write in three paragraphs: one focusing on the beginning, middle and end. These paragraphs should be filled with other structural devices you have picked out from the WHOLE extract. The extract usually will contain a turning point - where the writer's style changes - make sure you write about this. Aim to spend 10 minutes on this question if not more.

Structural Feature Bank
  • Repetition - can be language device and structure device.
  • Reiteration - same point said in different ways throughout.
  • 1st Person, 2nd Person, 3rd Person
  • Shift of focus - what we are zooming in/out on.
  • Introductions and developments - to new characters or objects.
  • Turning point - change in writing style - sinister or happy etc.
  • Time - look how time progresses throughout text.
  • Setting - how does setting change, what do we focus on.
  • Summaries and conclusions.
  • Movements from big to small or small to big.
  • Chronological order or random (with flashbacks)
  • Organised or messy - messy would provide confusion

Feel free to add some below if you believe I missed any.

Remember to:
-Include quotations.
-Embed them.
-Write about effect on reader.
-Cover whole extract in your answer.
-Similarly to question two, include subject terms - they will impress the examiner.
-Cover the focus of the writer.

4) AO4 - Evaluating texts critically
Similarly, to the last question, you will find great difficulty in mastering this question - but stick with it! You will be given a range of lines to analyse and you will have to give a personal, critical response. You will be given a statement, usually from a student, which you should ALWAYS agree with because it is usually correct to some extent. You should spend a lot of time on this question because it is worth 12.5% of your GCSE! You should write three paragraphs - two agreeing with a topic sentence at the start of each one and the last should also agree but maybe add an alternative interpretation as to why some may disagree. Always start and finish off which a conclusion stating the extent to which you agree.

Remember to:
-Include quotes.
-Use point evidence explain.
-Talk about techniques used by the author - language and structure.
-Only take evidence from within the range provided.
-Embed your quotes - sorry for being repetitive.
-Have an introduction sentence and conclusive statement regarding your opinion of the statement.

Thanks for reading this guide and I hope you achieve the grade you want out of your GCSE English. Do not be set back by Grade Boundaries given by your school. They are really quite inflated. If you think I should write more guides please say below.

Lastly, but most importantly! Chill out, de-stress and enjoy this video of a sloth.
http://bit.ly/2qGUkQN

-James
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This is amazingly helpful, especially the specific techniques in the 8 marks! Got 4,6,6,16 in the last practice paper I did, with my teacher saying I needed more specific detail for every question! Will be using this~
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Thanks so much for this! but when theres a sub heading under the structure question like you could talk about: 'what the writer focuses your attention on at the beginning', i would usually talk about what he focuses on and then i dont know what else to say. could someone help me with what i could say about just the focus... like what the effect would be on the reader please.
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Thanks so much for this! but when theres a sub heading under the structure question like you could talk about: 'what the writer focuses your attention on at the beginning', i would usually talk about what he focuses on and then i dont know what else to say. could someone help me with what i could say about just the focus... like what the effect would be on the reader please.
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Try this, I usually use this method when I'm stuck on a question three.
Take a repeated or reiterated point.
Say how it makes the reader interested or grabs the readers interest.
Then say this is emphasized by the author focusing on 'x' on the first paragraph.
Do this for every paragraph and you are covering how the writer's focus changes, just more cleverly
In terms of effect on the reader, you only need to talk about how it interests them.
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(Original post by Pastelx)
This is amazingly helpful, especially the specific techniques in the 8 marks! Got 4,6,6,16 in the last practice paper I did, with my teacher saying I needed more specific detail for every question! Will be using this~
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thank you!!!!!:dancing:
(Original post by Lisa.Williams)
Hello James,
I would just like to say thank you for putting this together - it's a very kind thing to do!
I'm sure everybody else appreciates this just as much as i do, so again, thank you!
I wish you the best of luck for all of your upcoming exams!
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Thanks James
Very helpful
(Original post by bushy4u46)
Thanks for this. Excellent advice.
can you advise anything for Paper 2?
No problem guys. Best of luck on Tuesday.
Hope I haven't increased the grade boundaries too much!
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Thank you so much, this is so useful!!!! Could you do one of these on section B?
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this is good
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*finger guns* You're the coolest
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Thank you!
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Thank you! Best of luck to you too (although, by the sounds of it, you don't need any)!
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No problem guys. Best of luck on Tuesday.
Hope I haven't increased the grade boundaries too much!
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Thanks for the revision guide.
Do I have to write in the same amount of detail in question 4 as in 2?
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Thanks for the revision guide.
Do I have to write in the same amount of detail in question 4 as in 2?
It's twenty marks so I guess you should :P
Don't focus too much on the language remember to include some structural analysis as well.
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Thanks sooo... much for this, it's really helpful since I'm a bit stck on how exactly to prep for this exam
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Thanks. So I don't need to include what connotations my quotations give?
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(Original post by james_furber1)
Hello there, I would like to think I am pretty fortunate in the teaching I have received leading up to my English Exam and I see others panicking about their language exams. So I have made this thread as both a revision guide for myself and others. It merely covers 'Section A' of Paper One but it should help you achieve a high grade. If you want me to cover other sections please say so and leave a like or comment so more people can access this! Thanks.


1) AO1 - Information Retrieval
This question is relatively simple, pick four points you can deduce or infer from the extract. You can either pick quotations or paraphrase. You should aim to only spend a couple of minutes (four maximum) on this question.

Remember to:
-Pick from only within the lines specified.
-Don't do analysis of quotes just retrieve.
-Make sure if you paraphrase you are accurate.

2) AO2 - Language Analysis
This question is slightly harder. The question will ask about language methods used to describe a certain something. You should make three to four points (depending on how quick you are at writing) and have two pieces of language analysis to contribute to each point. You should aim to spend 10 minutes on this question.

Language Device Bank:
  • Alliteration - lazy lemons
  • Sibilance - hissing snakes
  • Assonance - killed cold etc
  • Listing - apples,pears or bananas
  • Rhetoric - Does it really though?
  • Exclamation - This post is amazing!
  • Rhyme - Like Pike
  • Juxtaposition - the moon shined a dull grey
  • Oxymoron - silent racket
  • Present Participle - running walking
  • Sarcasm - this post is the most interesting thing you will ever read
  • Hyperbole - I've told you a million times
  • Simile - James is amazing, like chocolate!
  • Metaphor - Ben was a Lion - running through the field
  • Repetition - Stop.. Stop.. STOP...
  • Reiteration - The street was dark. The street was gloomy.
  • Semantic Field - Death... Hanging... Breathless.... Corpse...
  • Personification - The apple jumped up
  • Objectification - I picked her up
  • Imagery - there was a crimson tinge to the valley

Feel free to add some below if you believe I missed any.

Remember to:
-Include quotations.
-Talk about sentence forms: complex, compound and simple.
-Talk about effect on reader, what they feel etc.
-Make sure you analyse some words individually.
-Use subject terms accurately - a high grade is not achievable without using them (nouns,pronouns,present participle,alliteration etc.)
-Only take evidence from within the specified lines.
-Embed your quotes - DO NOT JUST STICK THEM ON THE END OF A SENTENCE!
-Address all three bullet points: language, words/phrase and sentence forms.
-Refer back to the question regularly.

3) AO2 - Structural Analysis
This question is the hardest in my opinion. You need to write about the structural features and how the writer's focus progresses. You should write in three paragraphs: one focusing on the beginning, middle and end. These paragraphs should be filled with other structural devices you have picked out from the WHOLE extract. The extract usually will contain a turning point - where the writer's style changes - make sure you write about this. Aim to spend 10 minutes on this question if not more.

Structural Feature Bank
  • Repetition - can be language device and structure device.
  • Reiteration - same point said in different ways throughout.
  • 1st Person, 2nd Person, 3rd Person
  • Shift of focus - what we are zooming in/out on.
  • Introductions and developments - to new characters or objects.
  • Turning point - change in writing style - sinister or happy etc.
  • Time - look how time progresses throughout text.
  • Setting - how does setting change, what do we focus on.
  • Summaries and conclusions.
  • Movements from big to small or small to big.
  • Chronological order or random (with flashbacks)
  • Organised or messy - messy would provide confusion

Feel free to add some below if you believe I missed any.

Remember to:
-Include quotations.
-Embed them.
-Write about effect on reader.
-Cover whole extract in your answer.
-Similarly to question two, include subject terms - they will impress the examiner.
-Cover the focus of the writer.

4) AO4 - Evaluating texts critically
Similarly, to the last question, you will find great difficulty in mastering this question - but stick with it! You will be given a range of lines to analyse and you will have to give a personal, critical response. You will be given a statement, usually from a student, which you should ALWAYS agree with because it is usually correct to some extent. You should spend a lot of time on this question because it is worth 12.5% of your GCSE! You should write three paragraphs - two agreeing with a topic sentence at the start of each one and the last should also agree but maybe add an alternative interpretation as to why some may disagree. Always start and finish off which a conclusion stating the extent to which you agree.

Remember to:
-Include quotes.
-Use point evidence explain.
-Talk about techniques used by the author - language and structure.
-Only take evidence from within the range provided.
-Embed your quotes - sorry for being repetitive.
-Have an introduction sentence and conclusive statement regarding your opinion of the statement.

Thanks for reading this guide and I hope you achieve the grade you want out of your GCSE English. Do not be set back by Grade Boundaries given by your school. They are really quite inflated. If you think I should write more guides please say below.

Lastly, but most importantly! Chill out, de-stress and enjoy this video of a sloth.
http://bit.ly/2qGUkQN

-James
Thanks for this:yes:...it helps a lot!

Could you plz do section B of paper 1 as i always loose so much marks on that section
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