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GCSE English
Preparing for your exam




Robert Dudley

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Introduction
Now, I'm in Year 11 myself, and I'm finding it all as stressful as you probably
are. So, as part of my revision, I've decided to put together some revision
guides and share them with you on GetRevising.

Here's my first ­ I hope you like it!

Rob

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Writing Exam
Audience
Purpose
Form
Formality
Structure Paragraphs
Sentences Short, complex, compound (varied length)
Accurate punctuation
Varied starters Ed lying


DON'T FORGET TO PLAN YOUR ANSWER!!


Forms/genres


Article Letter
Written in columns Formal / informal
Heading Address
Subheadings Date
AFOREST* Dear ........................
Interviews / witnesses / opinions Appropriate closing:
First…

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Paper 1, Section A: Non-fiction and media texts

READ ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING!

Mind the GAP!

Genre Kind of text

Audience Who for?

Purpose To inform etc.




Genre
What is the text? How do you know?
In the exam, this is easy because you will be told where the text came from.…

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Make a LIST

Language

Information

Style

Tone

Language

Is the language persuasive, informative, descriptive, childish or adult?
Is the language emotive?
Does it make you feel angry or sad?
Does the writer address you directly?

Information
Is the information in the document factual, a series of the writer's opinions, or…

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Writing to describe

This section of the paper often requires you to write a personal response.

Here are some good tips for this section:

Ideally, you should include more to the description than recording the visible
(i.e. use things like metaphors).
The organisation of your ideas is just as important…

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