writing a good grade 9 essay for gcse aqa english lit/lan

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Hi everyone! I need some help with how to write a good essay that will guarantee me to get at least a grade 9 on my english lit and language papers. Currently I am achieving a grade 5 on my assesments. I feel so left out because everyone else in m class knows how to write a solid essay that ensures them their targets and the sad thing is I am in the higher set. I feel that ever since the year started I feel lazy and not othered to do anything anymore because I fear of the fact that I might flop my GCSE's and never get the grades I want. I need some help with my writing an essay that ensures I get top marks. I see others find it so easy. I ask them how they do it and they say they just waffle. Is their like an outline for a good essay that I can use to practice or does anybody have any tips or ideas on how to achieve grade 9 essay? Does anyone have any examples if you do please show me? I really need the help guys my mocks are next week and I feel like I am going to fail and go down like 4 sets! Please does anybody have any good advice?
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Well for the questions based on texts for English Lit (e.g Jekyll and Hyde, Romeo. And Juliet etc.) they usually give you two points in the question
-how it’s shown in the extract
-How it’s show in the whole play
I usually write 2-3 paragraphs for each depending on how many points i make and then a conclusion. My intros are never that long as they can be time consuming if you focus on them too much.
For questions where they don’t give you extracts (e.g An Inspector Calls) they’ll still have a two point format on what they want to see in the answer so try and make 2-3 points for each if not a central point and different examples ,interpretations etc.
Can’t really advise on poems as they’re a pain and think I’ve failed that part of eng paper 2🤷*♀️
But yeah DNT really know for Eng Lang. not my strong point. These are just for eng Lit.
Literally just write what the question asks if you’re stuck, don’t go off on tangents that will waste time, it’s not worth it
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Thanks for the reply. Do you have any examples so I can get a brief idea of what you mean? Also how would you like structure your answer like grade 9 analysis standard for the poetry section? I still find it hard to like structure paragraphs in my essay and my essay in general. Is there like a brief outline like PEEL that I can write for like any essay in any subject?
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If you mean examples of questions we’ll,,
In 2018 for Macbeth students were give and extract from the play and then there was a question that was along the lines of “how does Shakespeare present Macbeth and Banquo’s attitudes to the supernatural” discuss how his is shown in the extract • discuss how this is shown throughout the play•
Pretty similar for all other text based questions,,either ask you about a theme or a character,, except for 19th century prose such as an inspector calls , they’ll have two questions and you must choose one,, one is based on themes of the other on a character.
Anyway as for poetry, as I said before, I’m not the best at it.
Just did my gcse for it and in my opinion it was poorly structured as I was indeed rushing after spending so much time on the inspector calls question :|
However my English teacher is superb and he advised us to split the poetry essay into three sections :
Analyse one poem
Analyse the other poem (ensure you use comparative language in this one , e.g similarly to poem1 OR in contrast to poem 1)
Conclusion discussing comparisons
In each of the sections , apart from the conclusion, discuss
1.what the poem is about
2.the poetic devices the poet uses to convey a particular theme (it will be given to you in the question) ,,these include similes,metaphors,oxymorons, juxtaposition ,repetition, sibilance,plosive language the lot of it!
3.how the structure and form of the poem contributes to the theme,message,effect of the poem (e.g a poem about controlling attitudes in society could be rigidly structured with a regular rhyme scheme and iambic pentameter -or regular rhythm- throughout. The poem London, in the power and conflict roster ,for example , is largely written in iambic pentameter not only to reflect the control in society but also to convey a feeling of waking through the streets of London)
If you’re gonna make any analysis points hat you didn’t previously revise or that came to you mid exam, make them at the end of their respective paragraphs so as not to disrupt flow
Anyway , in regards to PEEL , obviously use it in all your eng exams
For the text based questions it’s pretty self explanatory
P- point
E- evidence -quotes will come in handy here so learn a bunch for themes and characters
E- how does your evidence support the point and link to the wider context of the play
L- this can either be a simple link made back to the question or a link to wider context if you haven’t already done so
(E.g (P)at the start of an inspector calls , Sheila is presented as childish . (E)This is evident by her constant use of the word “mummy” when addressing Mrs Birling.(E)This presents her as childish because “mummy” connotes with language typically used by children.This makes Sheila appear submissive to her parents to create a sharper contrast to her change in attitudes when the inspector arrives.(L)Additionally the idea of Sheila being submissive to her parents is a reflection of 1912 society’s opinions of the younger generation, therefore implying a stronger controversy in the way Sheila acts towards her parents by the end of the play . It not only shows the type of change the Inspector’s Socialist views have bestowed upon her but it also shows the change that Sheila, representing the younger generation, is capable of)
So yeah that’s just a sample answer I would’ve done to a question concerning how a character portrays the theme of age
Use PEEL in all your essay based subjects it’s the easiest way to go
I know other structures for history that are slightly different tho
Nonetheless I don’t consider myself a grade 9 student as I haven’t gotten my results back and don’t want to jinx it
Hope this helped ?
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I also highly encourage you to buy snap revision guides they’re really cheap if you don’t wanna splurge on loads of cgp guides for your English exams and have good info on how to structure your essays.
The only cgp one I bought was for poetry and unseen poetry
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