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How can you develop a GCSE English literature response from a 5/6 to a 7 or higher?

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Fozia Yamin

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There are going to be slight differences across exam boards but all exam boards must follow the Assessment Objectives. AO1: Understanding the text. AO2: Analysising language, specifically the effect of the language. AO3: Context. What was happening at the time of writing that influenced the writer? How would a modern day audience/reader respond to the text? AO4: SPAG DEMONSTRATING THESE SKILLS IN RELEVANT QUESTIONS IS A GOOD STARTING POINT. A Grade 6/7 would demonstrate explained inferences from the events and language used, but I always tell my pupils to work on making perceptive inferences. Interpret the text in a unique but clearly explained way and your can't go wrong- good luck!

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Victoria Birch

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For English Literature grade 7 and higher, you need to be doing the following: - choose the best points and evidence to answer the question (not just his first one you think of) so this requires more planning. - embed very short quotations (probably more than one quotation per paragraph) into your analysis/exploration of texts. - alternative interpretations. - link your ideas back to the intention, message or perspective of the writer. - higher level terminology used accurately (e.g. imperatives, exclamatives, declaratives, interrogatives etc.) - contextual understanding informs and develops interpretations. Always be aware of the skill being assessed i.e. do you need to analyse language and structure? Use context? Compare? Etc.

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