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Hi guys!!! Please, please please could someone state the A-level English Literature AOs for essays (AQA) in words I can understand because when I read what each one asks you to do on the AQA website it honestly just confuses me.
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Hi guys!!! Please, please please could someone state the A-level English Literature AOs for essays (AQA) in words I can understand because when I read what each one asks you to do on the AQA website it honestly just confuses me.
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Hi! ao1 is using terms and concepts. ao2 is basically what are the effects of the terms/concepts. ao3 is context. ao4 is making comparisons between the texts. ao5 is critics. i hope this helped !!
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The AOs are identical across all specifications at A Level, so I can still tell you what each assessment objective means despite the fact that my exams are with OCR. I'll try to explain it as simply as I can.

AO1: the ability to write a logical argument that also uses an appropriate level of formality that is expected in academic writing. You should have sufficient knowledge of the plot, settings, themes and characters to convincingly prove why you feel a certain way about a text (e.g. the reasoning behind your disapproval of the protagonist's actions).
AO2: the ability to analyse language, structure and form with correct terminology. It's incredibly similar to the AO2 you would have seen at GCSE.
AO3: the ability to show what impact context has on a text, especially on both the writer and the audiences (back when the text was first published and in today's society). ‘Context’ can be seen as the expectations and norms in a society or details of a writer's life.
AO4: the ability to compare texts in a way that makes them look like you have combined them in the essay, so that your writing flows. For example, if you cover a point about female empowerment in one paragraph, make sure that both texts are mentioned and compared in that paragraph with examples of female empowerment from each text.
AO5: your ability to use critics to help your argument when interpreting a text (e.g. if you include a scholar's quote about a character being violent, use examples of how that character may be violent in an essay). As well as professional literary critics, some other AO5 sources could be a director of a movie adaptation, an actor or a historian. Sometimes, it is also good to use critical interpretations of a text across a long period of time because a view of a text in the 1800s may be quite different to a view of a text in the 21st century because of changes in society. You may also want to include different schools of reading, as a text interpreted by a Marxist critic will likely differ from the interpretation of a feminist critic.
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The AOs are identical across all specifications at A Level, so I can still tell you what each assessment objective means despite the fact that my exams are with OCR. I'll try to explain it as simply as I can.

AO1: the ability to write a logical argument that also uses an appropriate level of formality that is expected in academic writing. You should have sufficient knowledge of the plot, settings, themes and characters to convincingly prove why you feel a certain way about a text (e.g. the reasoning behind your disapproval of the protagonist's actions).
AO2: the ability to analyse language, structure and form with correct terminology. It's incredibly similar to the AO2 you would have seen at GCSE.
AO3: the ability to show what impact context has on a text, especially on both the writer and the audiences (back when the text was first published and in today's society). ‘Context’ can be seen as the expectations and norms in a society or details of a writer's life.
AO4: the ability to compare texts in a way that makes them look like you have combined them in the essay, so that your writing flows. For example, if you cover a point about female empowerment in one paragraph, make sure that both texts are mentioned and compared in that paragraph with examples of female empowerment from each text.
AO5: your ability to use critics to help your argument when interpreting a text (e.g. if you include a scholar's quote about a character being violent, use examples of how that character may be violent in an essay). As well as professional literary critics, some other AO5 sources could be a director of a movie adaptation, an actor or a historian. Sometimes, it is also good to use critical interpretations of a text across a long period of time because a view of a text in the 1800s may be quite different to a view of a text in the 21st century because of changes in society. You may also want to include different schools of reading, as a text interpreted by a Marxist critic will likely differ from the interpretation of a feminist critic.
Thank you thank you thankyou xx
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Hi! ao1 is using terms and concepts. ao2 is basically what are the effects of the terms/concepts. ao3 is context. ao4 is making comparisons between the texts. ao5 is critics. i hope this helped !!
Thank you so much I appreciate your help xx
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