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1 Welcome to the English Department s GSCE English Literature Revision Evening

2 The Exams Unit 1 Understanding Prose Tuesday 20 th May am Unit 2 Poetry Thursday 22 nd May pm

3 Unit 1 Understanding Prose Tuesday 20 th May am Length:1hr 45 mins Worth: 80 marks 50% of qualification for English Literature What is being covered: Section A: Jekyll and Hyde Four Part Question Section B: Of Mice and Men Choice of two essay style questions

4 Unit 2 Poetry Thursday 22 nd May pm Length:1hr 45 mins Worth: 45 marks 25% of qualification for English Literature What is being covered: Section A: Unseen Poetry Essay response to an unseen poem Section B: Response to poems from Clashes and Collisions anthology Two questions: One on a single poem One comparing two poems.

5 Section A JEKYLL AND HYDE 1hr 10 minutes to read, annotate and plan section choice for the second bit. (a)what do you discover about X(H) 8 Marks 10 mins Outline the key events leading up to X (F) 10 marks 12 mins (b)explain how language is used to. (10 marks) 12 min (c) Explore the significance of X (H) 10 Marks 10 min What do you learn about X(F) 8marks 10 min (d) Explore/Describe X in one other part of the novel 12 Marks 15 mins Total for Section B = 40 marks 60 mins PROSE EXAM Section B Of Mice and Men In what ways is X (Character) significant in the novel? (or) Explore the significance of X (theme) in the novel. Use evidence from the whole novel and an appreciation of the novel s context to support your answer. Total for Question 1 = 40 marks 45 mins

6 Unit 1: Understanding Prose Section A Jekyll and Hyde In this section you are assessed for your reading and understanding of the novel Jekyll and Hyde and specifically the writer s use of language to create impressions of Characters Themes Relationships Important events

7 Here is an example of an exam style question HIGHER PAPER

8 Here is an example of a paper -FOUNDATION PAPER.

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10 Now your turn: With the extract from the novel on your desks we would like you to: Read the extract as a table/group Identify the different language devices Stevenson is using within the extract to create an impression of Utterson in the extract. (Question A for Higher, Question C for Foundation) Consider the use of: dialogue, description, imagery, how the extract is structured REMEMBER TO FOCUS ON THE IMPACT OF THE INDIVIDUAL WORDS.

11 Unit 1: Understanding Prose Section B Of Mice and Men In this section of the exam you are asked to write a longer 45 minute essay style answer from a choice of two questions. The focus in this exam is showing you can understand the themes, character and relationships in the novel but there is also a heavy weighting on using evidence from the throughout the whole novel. In addition, in this exam students are required to show a good understanding of the context of the text: What was happening in society at the time the novel was written? How is that reflected in the novel?

12 Here is an example of a section B question 13) In what ways is Lennie significant in the novel? You must consider the context of the novel. Use evidence to support your answer. (Total for Question 13 = 40 marks) One of the most significant aspects of Steinbeck s use of Lennie is the way he becomes central to his presentation of friendship in the text. Through Lennie, Steinbeck presents the rare nature of close relationships in that era, a time when many men led isolated and lonely lives as nomads constantly on the quest for work. Steinbeck shows Lennie as someone who contradicts this way of life, in particular through the way the line But not us because I got you to look after me, and you got me to look after you is repeated on numerous occasions throughout the novel. By doing this, Steinbeck uses Lennie to help reinforce the power that closeness and support plays in making life worth living, aspects which Steinbeck hoped to spark debate about in his work.

13 Now your turn With the example questions on your desk and the copies of the texts you are studying, we would like you to: Decide whether you wish to do the character or theme question. Make a list of the 5/6 points you would include to answer that question ensuring it covers a range of moments/people across the book. Locate the parts of the novel you would want to use and think carefully why. Select a number of quotes that you would like to use to back up your ideas and be prepared to explain their impact. Consider any RELEVANT information you know about the context of the novel you would want to mention in relation to the question and sections you have picked.

14 Section B POETRY EXAM Section A Unseen Poem 45 minutes Explore how X presents Y. (20 marks) Use evidence from the poem to support your answer. Total for Question 1 = 20 marks 45 mins Clashes and Collisions 1hr (a)explore how X presents Y in????. 30 mins (15 marks) THEN (b i)compare how the writer of X and Y explore?????. 30 min (15 marks) Or (b ii)compare how the writer of X and one poem of your choice from Clashes and collisions explore?????. 30 min (15 marks) Total for Section B = 30 marks 60 mins

15 Unit 2 Poetry Section A Unseen poetry In this section of the exam you are tested on your skills of analysis based on an unseen poem. You are being asked to write about: What you think the poem is about how the poet uses language to get their ideas across How the poet might structure their ideas in the poem What overall message the poem has to you the reader.

16 How to do it You could use ISLAM I S L A M Brief Intro (What does it reveal about the key topic/what is it about?) Structure (and how it reflects / reinforces the key topic or meaning) Language use for effect (linked to the key topic/meaning) Attitude (consider the context and culture) Meaning (What does it leave us thinking and feeling?) Ultimately, Language and Attitude blur together. This is the bit where you simply tell me all about the topic you ve been asked to discuss and how it fits the poem. I want lots of quotes and clever close analysis of tone, style, effect and impact. Message is your opportunity to conclude and tell me what it leaves you thinking and feeling. (Linked to the topic )

17 Here is an example of an exam style question: Introduction to Poetry I ask them to take a poem and hold it up to the light like a color slide or press an ear against its hive. I say drop a mouse into a poem and watch him probe his way out, or walk inside the poem's room and feel the walls for a light switch. I want them to waterski across the surface of a poem waving at the author's name on the shore. (1) Explore how Billy Collins presents his attitude towards the teaching of poetry. Use evidence from the poem to support your answer. But all they want to do is tie the poem to a chair with rope and torture a confession out of it. They begin beating it with a hose to find out what it really means Billy Collins

18 Now your turn (1) Explore how Lawrence Ferlinghetti presents his attitude towards divisions in Two scavengers in a truck, two beautiful people in a Mercedes? With the unseen poem on your tables, we would like you to annotate the poem using the following reminders to help you What you think the poem is about How the poet might structure their ideas in the poem How the poet uses language and techniques to get their ideas across What overall message the poem has for you as a reader. Remember the examiner is looking for specific and short examples of language analysis. CONSIDER THE IMPACT OF WORDS

19 Unit 2 Poetry Section B Clashes and Collisions In this section of the exam you are asked to respond to two questions based on the poems you have been studying in the Clashes and Collisions cluster of the anthology. The first question asks you to just write about one poem and you will need to make sure that you are using lots of SPECIFIC one word quotes to discuss the theme you are given. Please do not use enormous quotes. It is a waste of time and means you are not being specific enough ESSENTIAL: Focus on the impact of words. You have to think about the connotations and implications of words to really prove you can analyse language. The mark scheme for 3A is all about discussing language and structure, so don t leave quotes floating about un-discussed and analysed.

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21 How to do it You could use ISLAM I S L A M Brief Intro (What does it reveal about the key topic/what is it about?) Structure (and how it reflects / reinforces the key topic or meaning) Language use for effect (linked to the key topic/meaning) Attitude (consider the context and culture) Meaning (What does it leave us thinking and feeling?) Ultimately, Language and Attitude blur together. This is the bit where you simply tell me all about the topic you ve been asked to discuss and how it fits the poem. I want lots of quotes and clever close analysis of tone, style, effect and impact. Message is your opportunity to conclude and tell me what it leaves you thinking and feeling. (Linked to the topic )

22 Explore how the writer presents her ideas about death in Conscientious objector. Introduction In Conscientious objector, Millay discusses her opposition to killing and how death is the enemy of all people. She asks the reader to reflect on our attitudes to war and killing and hopes we eventually share her opinion that helping death is wrong in any situation.

23 Structure Structurally, Millay is extremely clever in the way she uses organisation and repetition to reinforce her attitudes to death. In terms of repetition in particular, the poem is littered with continuous use of the phrases I shall not and I will not. In doing this, Millay actively reinforces her opposition to death by repeating not on numerous occasions. Shall and Will are also quite forceful words showing her reluctance to be supportive of death in any way. One of the cleverest features of the poem is the way the initial line is separated from the main body of the poem. By isolating the phrase I shall die, but that is all I shall do for Death, Millay not only outlines her overall idea almost in the style of a mission statement to open the poem, she also reflects how her view is isolated and different to the majority of society. The idea that she wont kill and dying is all I shall do for death set her aside from society during WW2 because most people supported the war effort whereas her viewpoint puts her at odds with it and the men that lead nations to war.

24 Unit 2 Poetry Section B Clashes and Collisions The second question asks you to compare two poems. There is no need for the same level of language analysis seen in question 1 or the unseen part. ESSENTIAL: Focus on COMPARISONS. Here your marks are purely given for your ability to make comparisons and draw similarities and contrasts between the poems. The mark scheme for 3B is all about how you compare.

25 Now your turn: You have the choice of two questions in this part. One where both poems are named and one where you choose the second poem. CHOOSE A QUESTION AND MAKE A LIST OF 5 POSSIBLE POINTS OF COMPARISON.

26 Final English Department top tips for revision: PROSE Make sure you know the novels extremely well re-read if you do not! Make sure you know what happens in each section of the novel to make it easier to find exact references in the exam, especially for the section where you choose your own bit. Remember the phrase Steinbeck/Stevenson uses/creates/presents. Remember to quote exact references from the novel to support your ideas. For Of Mice and Men, remember to consider the impact or link to the context of the text. POETRY Make sure you know the poems extremely well you will not have annotations! Remember to always consider the use of structure and most importantly LANGUAGE in your responses to the unseen and first half of Clashes and Collisions. You absolutely must COMPARE for question 2. Revision classes on every lunchtime and Friday mornings in the English Department. Easter Revision classes are on also please pick up a letter at the end.

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