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Hey,
My exams are coming up really soon for English Lang/Lit and I feel like I know nothing even though I've been studying for months! For Gatsby, during the exam we have to do a recasting of a character (potentially a main character but it could be something random like a butler/journalist etc) and I have no idea how to stick to Fitzgerald's style of writing...
Any help would be greatly appreciated!!
How have you guys revised characters and their feelings towards each other in the book in order to portray in the recasts?
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Hey, im sure you know a lot you are just stressed just keep revising you can do it! what exam board are you doing?
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Thank you, but i genuinely have no idea what i'm doing at the minute haha! AQA. Are you doing this exam too?
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Hey, im sure you know a lot you are just stressed just keep revising you can do it! what exam board are you doing?
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Yes im also doing AQA
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I dont do Gatsby though sorry is that for paper 2?
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What kind of things have you done to revise Gatsby?
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Yes im also doing AQA
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Ahh okay, yeah its for paper 2. Paper 1 on the 23rd i'm doing Carol Ann Duffy Poetry, Paris Anthology and Handmaid's Tale
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I dont do Gatsby though sorry is that for paper 2?
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I'm doing the same course (was due to have a mock on Gatsby tomorrow but I don't think we are now). I wouldn't worry about sticking to Fitzgerald's writing style too much. My advice would be:

- Ensure you're as imaginitive as possible, using the base text but, to a greater extent, your own elements.
- In your commentary, use lots of terminology and make comparisons to the language used in Fitzgerald's text.
- Link to Fitzgerald's themes (e.g. the American Dream) and dicuss any motifs you re-used from the base text.
- Plan a strong beginning and end.
- Use Americanisms or 1920s slang (but not too much obviously).
- In your commentary, discuss both the extract and text as a whole.
- Although there are no marks for AO3, it's still a good idea to link to context in your commentary if you can.
- The bullet points in the re-cast question are NOT optional - make sure you discuss them.
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Ahh okay, yeah its for paper 2. Paper 1 on the 23rd i'm doing Carol Ann Duffy Poetry, Paris Anthology and Handmaid's Tale
Wow, you're doing all the texts I am!
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I would say as long as your written creative writing makes links to the original text e.g. characters and key themes and you can explore this in your commentary you will be okay.
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Thank you so much! What kind of things have you done to revise Gatsby and any of the other texts? I have paper 1 on the 23rd and struggling on Paris as well but I feel like everybody is to be honest haha
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I'm doing the same course (was due to have a mock on Gatsby tomorrow but I don't think we are now). I wouldn't worry about sticking to Fitzgerald's writing style too much. My advice would be:

- Ensure you're as imaginitive as possible, using the base text but, to a greater extent, your own elements.
- In your commentary, use lots of terminology and make comparisons to the language used in Fitzgerald's text.
- Link to Fitzgerald's themes (e.g. the American Dream) and dicuss any motifs you re-used from the base text.
- Plan a strong beginning and end.
- Use Americanisms or 1920s slang (but not too much obviously).
- In your commentary, discuss both the extract and text as a whole.
- Although there are no marks for AO3, it's still a good idea to link to context in your commentary if you can.
- The bullet points in the re-cast question are NOT optional - make sure you discuss them.
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Ha feeling like im doing everything different from everyone else

For me, paper 1: Paris, Frankenstein and Robert Browning Poems

Paper 2: Kite Runner and A Street Car Named Desire
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I just feel like I know nothing and the closer the exams getting, the more i'm worrying about it. Hopefully the exams aren't too bad! I just feel like my teachers are preparing me for the worst possible questions which are really making me lose motivation haha.
Any notes/tips/revision stuff anyone wants to share that would be great!
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Wow, you're doing all the texts I am!
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As there is so much on Paris just make sure you have notes on all of the texts because you never know what can come up.

Although, unlikely to be 'Neither Here Nor There: Travels in Europe by Bill Bryson or Rick Steves’ Walking Tour of the Louvre Museum.' as this was the 2018 one.
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Thank you so much! What kind of things have you done to revise Gatsby and any of the other texts? I have paper 1 on the 23rd and struggling on Paris as well but I feel like everybody is to be honest haha
For the three books, make sure you re-read them - the last thing you want is to be frantically trying to find a particular extract when you're in the exam. I've been going over contextual points over and over (excluding poetry), doing terminology tests, and of course, practice questions. Some general advice for the other texts:

Handmaid:

- Discuss narrative technique (e.g. that Offred is a homodiegetic narrator)
- Use lots of terminology
- Discuss how Atwood creates the dystopian world of Gilead
- Link frequently to context
- Your focus should be the extract but do link to elsewhere in the novel too

Poetry:

- Don't compare the two poems.
- Use lots of terminology, including specialist poetry terminology (e.g. enjambment)

Streetcar:

- Use lots of terminology
- Discuss character development
- Link to context frequently
- Again, focus primarily on the extract but discuss different parts of the play too
- There are 20 marks for analysis, so try to be as critical as you can

The Anthology (if Letters From France comes up I will actually cry):

- Link every point to genre, audience and purpose
- Use lots of terminology, discussing mode where applicable
- Link to historical/social context if applicable
- Make sure you structure your response so that you're always comparing and contrasting the two texts

Good luck
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Paris is soo difficult and pointless haha, my teacher just told me to treat it like an unseen text because there are so many texts and they're so long I physically cant revise every single one alongside the others
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Ha feeling like im doing everything different from everyone else

For me, paper 1: Paris, Frankenstein and Robert Browning Poems

Paper 2: Kite Runner and A Street Car Named Desire
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Thanks so much for advice!
Ha i think Letters from France is really horrible too.

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For the three books, make sure you re-read them - the last thing you want is to be frantically trying to find a particular extract when you're in the exam. I've been going over contextual points over and over (excluding poetry), doing terminology tests, and of course, practice questions. Some general advice for the other texts:

Handmaid:

- Discuss narrative technique (e.g. that Offred is a homodiegetic narrator)
- Use lots of terminology
- Discuss how Atwood creates the dystopian world of Gilead
- Link frequently to context
- Your focus should be the extract but do link to elsewhere in the novel too

Poetry:

- Don't compare the two poems.
- Use lots of terminology, including specialist poetry terminology (e.g. enjambment)

Streetcar:

- Use lots of terminology
- Discuss character development
- Link to context frequently
- Again, focus primarily on the extract but discuss different parts of the play too
- There are 20 marks for analysis, so try to be as critical as you can

The Anthology (if Letters From France comes up I will actually cry):

- Link every point to genre, audience and purpose
- Use lots of terminology, discussing mode where applicable
- Link to historical/social context if applicable
- Make sure you structure your response so that you're always comparing and contrasting the two texts

Good luck
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Planning your own example essays are very helpful especially in timed conditions too.
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Thanks so much for advice!
Ha i think Letters from France is really horrible too.
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Yes that is true as long as you know the structure i think it will be okay
Introduction
Analysis
Conclusion

Just remember balance the analysis between both texts and always plan.
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Paris is soo difficult and pointless haha, my teacher just told me to treat it like an unseen text because there are so many texts and they're so long I physically cant revise every single one alongside the others
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Thanks so much for your help
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Yes that is true as long as you know the structure i think it will be okay
Introduction
Analysis
Conclusion

Just remember balance the analysis between both texts and always plan.
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