Question 1

Some notes on answering question 1 in the english language exam

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  • Q1
    • Divided into 2 parts
    • Based on source 1
    • What is the writers problem/ opinion?
      • What is their beef?
        • How do YOU feel about it?
          • Look at title for help
      • What is it about?
        • Look at title for help
    • 8 marks
      • 15 mins
        • make points quickly and clearly
    • Expected to:
      • Identify what they want you to do
      • Use evidence
      • Relate answer to the question
    • Use the words in the question to guide
      • What do you understand?
      • What are the issues?
        • Discuss all aspects of issues in detail
      • DO NOT DISCUSS LANGUAGE!
        • DO NOT DISCUSS THE PICTURE!
    • Perception is key!
      • What do you perceive?
      • Infer things!
      • Become the commentator
        • (comment but stay impersonal)
    • Retrieve the important information and ideas
      • Support them with evidence from the text
      • Interpret them - read between the lines - to show that you understand the article.
  • NEVER USE "shows"!!!!! instead use:
    • Connotes
    • Suggests
    • implies
    • Conveys

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