HOW DO YOU STRUCTURE AND WRITE A LITERATURE ESSAY? (NOVEL: TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD)

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I have an english exam tomorrow, I am predicted A* but I honestly can only remember how to structure and write a poetry essay. I haven't done Lit essays in ages, please help!!

I am getting myself worked up in a state now!

Posted Mon 23rd May, 2011 @ 19:29 by Clare

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I also have this exam, and a target of A* of too (lots of pressure) What I would suggest, is to make a mind map (5 minutes out of the 45 on the novel Q) and plan about 5 big points that you can go further into detail. So as you begin writing them you can just tick them off in your plan. Maybe if the question asks you to describe a theme or place, write two paragraphs on a particular place or theme (such as racism) and then another two on how other characters respond. As long as you cross link your paragraphs, and try to make a few comparisons (always use evidence) then you will be fine !! Make sure you do plan about five different quotes (at least) that refer to your question, and remember depth is better than quantity, so just expand so much on each quote,

Good luck, :) Hope this helped a tiny bit (sorry if it was no relevance)

Answered Mon 23rd May, 2011 @ 19:55 by emma gladwin
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first of all, don't worry! you'll do better if you just relax! what exam board are you on?

i'm doing to kill a mockingbird as well, when i first get a question i think about all the characters that are related to the question (whether it be about a certain character or theme etc.) and jot down the names. Then i think of the thees that are related to the question as well and jot them down! Finally as part of my revision i've been noting down key events and quotes so try and relate these to the question as well :) Start with an introduction briefly answering the question and end with a conclusion summing up everything you've said. I also find it more beneficial to sum up a paragraph at the end to keep relating back to the question. To gain high marks you need to relate back the question!

Don't panic and good luck! if you follow that way you should be able to get an A* (that's how i get my A*'s :P) hope this helps!!**

Answered Mon 23rd May, 2011 @ 19:57 by Kelly:)
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Thank you!! My big issue is that because I haven't done it in so long I find myself answering it like a poetry essay - so frustrating. Yeah and the added pressure of being predicted an A*, I could cry right now I'm getting so stressed!!

I'm on AQA

Answered Mon 23rd May, 2011 @ 20:02 by Clare
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ah right, well don't worry! and I can't help you any further, I'm on WJEC completely different style of exam :p x

Answered Mon 23rd May, 2011 @ 20:09 by Kelly:)