AQA English Paper 1 Reading

Paper 1 Section A

Spend 60 minutes answering questions about their content, use of language, presentation and layout.


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QUESTION 1

Paper 1 Reading

QUESTION 1- Ask you to 'Follow an Argument', which means to summarise what a writew says in your own words. For example: s/he begins by.. then says.. then takes another angle.. then give an example.. and finally concludes by...


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QUESTION 2

QUESTION 2- Ask you to pick out Facts and Opinions and EXPLAIN how they are usedFacts are used to prove or back up ideas with evidence and opinions are used to gain the reader's sympathy/ persuade them/ make them believe something

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QUESTION 3 OR 4

QUESTION 3 OR 4- Ask you to EVALUATE the use of Language and PresentationThis means say why a picture works for the audience/ why the text box is useful (e.g: to seperate ideas/ easier to read/ simple...)  You MUST need 5 EXAMPLES!

For example:

  • The writer uses a text box. This is useful in picking out the key information.
  • The writer uses emotive language like 'horrible'. This is effective because the word highlights the fate of the prisoners to persuade us to help with money.
  • the writer uses bold lettering to pick out the key words 'Good Value' to highlight the cheapness of the clothes but also their quality.


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QUESTION 3 OR 4

QUESTION 3 OR 4- Ask you to compare texts. Don't just say what you like, say whether they are effective or not in setting out to do what they are meant for.

REMEMBER: PICK OUT THE FEATURE AND EXPLAIN WHY IT IS EFFECTIVE

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Presentation and Layout checklist

  • bold
  • broadsheet 
  • bullet points
  • by-line
  • capitals
  • colour
  • font style
  • headlines
  • italics
  • logos
  • masthead
  • photographs
  • pictures
  • text box
  • tabloid
  • text wrap
  • slogans
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Language checklist

  • anecdote
  • bias
  • colloquial
  • dull
  • descriptive
  • ironic
  • symbolic
  • opinion
  • third person
  • informative
  • interesting
  • rhetorical devices
  • puns
  • narrative
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Comments

Camille

This is really helpful! thank you :)

R White

This is helpful thankyou, but it would be even more so if there were some examples of past papers? Maybe with notes, annotations and a sample answer so we can see what gets the top marks?

Thanks though :)

Beth R

love this x

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