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Hey. I'd like to make this post to help all GCSE English students. If you've done your GCSE's for both lit and Lang and come out with an A/ A* or 8/9 please post examples of your work here. Whether it's the creative writing question, the 30 mark poem comparison question or tips for structure, post examples, tips, tricks and whatever else that helped you get the grades. Looking forward to reading the amazing work!
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Hey. I'd like to make this post to help all GCSE English students. If you've done your GCSE's for both lit and Lang and come out with an A/ A* or 8/9 please post examples of your work here. Whether it's the creative writing question, the 30 mark poem comparison question or tips for structure, post examples, tips, tricks and whatever else that helped you get the grades. Looking forward to reading the amazing work!
English Lang- Paper 1 Question 2
AO2 - Language Analysis
Use the reading time well to outline the broad brushstrokes and narrow in on the right details that give you plenty to discuss. This double-layer reading allows you to sift and synthesise, prioritising the important and weeding out the less relevant or less useful.
Remember that effect is everything. Your comment on the effect of language is what puts you in a level.
Use subject terminology appropriately and carefully, but do not use it to have a feature-led approach.
Level 4 scripts will probably have embedded quotations. They’ll make more use of the words the writer has used, and turn them into sentences. They focus in on one or two words in detail, and they’ll track ideas through the sentences if they find them. They use subject terminology, but it is embedded and used helpfully. There is evidence that they have thought about the words, thought about the meaning of them and their effect, thought about why the writer may have chosen the words that they did and how the reader is intended to respond, as well as giving a personal response. You’ll find lots of things like:it suggests that, it makes us think, it is designed to, it gives the impression that, it could be that, it may indicate that, it sounds as if, it seems, it’s described as, this indicates that, this could be associated with, this may be, this is shown to be, this shows, the writer hints that, this adds a sense of, we can assume that, the writer could be, it’s as if, the writer purposely, this allows the reader to.
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.



Shakespeare
  • Read the question and underline the key word
  • Refer to modern ideas (A03)
  • Go through the extract and underline anything linking to question or theme
  • Then write notes on the quotes
  • Think about how character develops and the rest of the play
  • Spend 15 mins on above
  • Analyse the effect of writer’s methods on audience
  • Link ideas to context
  • Use precise quotes
  • Don’t use PEE (too simplistic)
  • Introduce quote by saying where it is in play,embedded it , analyse it and explore alternative ideas,link to next point.
  • Think of unique ideas (easier said than done) e.g Lady Macbeth’s soliloquy puts her at risk of losing her femininity and therefore her balance. This forebodes her mental breakdown.
  • Use literary techniques
  • Write about how Shakespeare uses a character to influence the plot development
  • Make sure all ideas link.
  • Analysis form and structure.
  • Mention Freytag's pyramid


Mr Salles: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEB...Vk9SxHBIGhrY3w
(I think he is better than MR Bruff)

For letter and article use figurative langauge and vary sentence structure.
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English Lang- Paper 1 Question 2
AO2 - Language Analysis
Use the reading time well to outline the broad brushstrokes and narrow in on the right details that give you plenty to discuss. This double-layer reading allows you to sift and synthesise, prioritising the important and weeding out the less relevant or less useful.
Remember that effect is everything. Your comment on the effect of language is what puts you in a level.
Use subject terminology appropriately and carefully, but do not use it to have a feature-led approach.
Level 4 scripts will probably have embedded quotations. They’ll make more use of the words the writer has used, and turn them into sentences. They focus in on one or two words in detail, and they’ll track ideas through the sentences if they find them. They use subject terminology, but it is embedded and used helpfully. There is evidence that they have thought about the words, thought about the meaning of them and their effect, thought about why the writer may have chosen the words that they did and how the reader is intended to respond, as well as giving a personal response. You’ll find lots of things like:it suggests that, it makes us think, it is designed to, it gives the impression that, it could be that, it may indicate that, it sounds as if, it seems, it’s described as, this indicates that, this could be associated with, this may be, this is shown to be, this shows, the writer hints that, this adds a sense of, we can assume that, the writer could be, it’s as if, the writer purposely, this allows the reader to.
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.



Shakespeare
  • Read the question and underline the key word
  • Refer to modern ideas (A03)
  • Go through the extract and underline anything linking to question or theme
  • Then write notes on the quotes
  • Think about how character develops and the rest of the play
  • Spend 15 mins on above
  • Analyse the effect of writer’s methods on audience
  • Link ideas to context
  • Use precise quotes
  • Don’t use PEE (too simplistic)
  • Introduce quote by saying where it is in play,embedded it , analyse it and explore alternative ideas,link to next point.
  • Think of unique ideas (easier said than done) e.g Lady Macbeth’s soliloquy puts her at risk of losing her femininity and therefore her balance. This forebodes her mental breakdown.
  • Use literary techniques
  • Write about how Shakespeare uses a character to influence the plot development
  • Make sure all ideas link.
  • Analysis form and structure.
  • Mention Freytag's pyramid



Mr Salles: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEB...Vk9SxHBIGhrY3w
(I think he is better than MR Bruff)

For letter and article use figurative langauge and vary sentence structure.

Thanks so much!
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You're welcome. Tomorrow i will post some example of my work.
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You're welcome. Tomorrow i will post some example of my work.
Thanks; do you have any tips for literature paper 2 as we are doing a mock in the next few weeks on this paper, and I am aiming for an 8.
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Thanks; do you have any tips for literature paper 2 as we are doing a mock in the next few weeks on this paper, and I am aiming for an 8.
Always link it back to the writer's message for part a e.g an inspector calls. Mention methods parataxis (short sentence) charactonym (character name for effect) and try and analyse deeply focus on single word analysis. Use quotes from everywhere-shows your understanding. Use alternative meaning. Show a contrast in your ideas as your are developing e.g responsibility is very capital at the beginning. But by the end show how responsibility is social. Show how author has explored main themes in play.Focus on q and use context.

Poems: Compare Viewpoints . Develop your analysis. E.g in kamikaze the fishes make a shoal of 8. It could also hint at the meaning of 8 in Japanese because it is a sign of growing prosperity which they believe their family would be protected if they did that. This could forebode how his decision will last forever e.g infinity. However this links to how even nature knew death is not a easy choice. Clear comparison. Analyse form structure e.g rhyme scheme. Do similarity. USe subject termionolgy e.g personification etc. Develop comparison. Evaluate e.g how nature contratses in each poem.

Unseen poem is in next post.
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Example of grade 9 analysis poem
Compare how the power of nature is shown.

In exposure however the power of nature is murderous and bloodthirsty. We hear about how the "east wind that knive" them . The word "knive" subconsciously hints at a murderous intent. It alternatively shows that nature is trying to protect itself from the war. The word "east" relates to the eastern countries e.g Germany and Russia that they are trying to fight. The specific word reveals to us that the solider are starting to think that nature is the enemy. In this poem, the rhythm scheme is ABBAC. The "C" is often an anti-climatic and breaks down the stanza. This conclusively shows that the soliders' idea of nature or nature itself has broken down.
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