Home Learning – 9XH Assessment Preparation

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Please complete the following by Wednesday 4th November.

Revise the following for your assessment after Half Term:

Inference:

When you read, the writer often leaves gaps that you need to fill yourself. This is called making inferences. You use the clues and information you are given and read between the lines to work out what the characters are feeling and what is happening in the story.

Language

When we look at language, we are thinking about the words the writer has chosen and working out how they effect the reader and the story itself. We are looking for ways the writer has manipulated language to influence the reader. Some ways writers use language:

  • Interesting vocabulary
  • Metaphors
  • Similes
  • Personification
  • Pathetic Fallacy

If a simile or metaphor has been used, think about why the comparison has been chosen. How does it add to the description or our understanding? If personification has been used, how does this affect the atmosphere?

Structure

When we talk about structure, we are talking about how a piece of writing has been put together. It could refer to:

  • How the writer reveals information to the reader – what do they hold back? What do they reveal?
  • Narrative voice – whose perspective is it written from and why?
  • The order of events compared to the order in which they are told
  • Foreshadowing
  • Paragraph structures – short paragraphs
  • What is happening at the start and end of a sentence / paragraph / section / chapter / book?
  • Sentence lengths

 

 

 

Mock Exam in October

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You will be sitting another mock exam in English Language in October, before the half term break. This will be the same format as the mock you sat last June. The exam is 2 hours 15 minutes. It has 4 reading questions which will require you to demonstrate the various reading skills based on 3 written sources. Then in the writing section of the paper, you will have 2 questions which will ask you to write to explain/inform/describe (question 5) and write to persuade/argue (question 6).

Advice on how to approach these questions can be found here.

Year 11 – The Final Push!

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We will be starting this year focussing on finishing off your controlled assessments for the GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature courses as well as preparing you for your next mock English Language exam which is coming up in October, just before half term.

The coursework deadline is Christmas so it is important that you use all your class time effectively along with any additional intervention sessions offered by your class teacher. If you have any concerns about any of your controlled assessments, whether complete or not, speak to your class teacher without delay.