English Language paper 1 - NEW GCSE 9-1

I used this to help me revise and practice for the new 9-1 GCSE English Language exams (in 2017). I was able to achieve a grade 9. Hopefully, they can come in handy for you as well! Remember practice is key; and for your creative writing, don't forget about structure - e.g. flash backs, or dramatic one line paragraphs etc..! Good luck. :)

  • Created by: Basital
  • Created on: 29-01-17 12:03

Section A - Question 1

4 marks

5 minutes

AO1 :

  • Identify and interpret explicit and implicit information and ideas (read an extract and understand the obvious bits and hidden meanings) 
  • Select and synthesise evidence from different texts

Notes -

  • Take your answers from the specified lines
  • Taken about the exact topic (e.g if the want weather give them weather)
  • Makes sure the 4 points are distinct and different from each other
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Section A - Question 2

8 marks

10 - 12 minutes

AO2 :

  • Explain, comment on and analyse how writers use langauge and structure to achieve effects and influnece readers, using relevant subject terminology to support their views (Investigate a writer's use of words, language features and sentence forms. Places where the writer has deliberately used these for an effect on the reader)

Notes -

  • Be perceptive - Think beyond the obvious
  • Make unusual points to be memorable
  • Pick out powerful/important/deliberate words - use word classes
  • Pick out language devices - figurative, ones that go beyond the meaning of a word or phrase
  • Sentence stuctures - simple, compund, complex, compound complex, for highest grades start with the bottom bullet point
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Section A - Question 3

8 marks

10 - 12 minutes

AO2 :

  • Explain, comment on and analyse how writers use langauge and structure to achieve effects and influnece readers, using relevant subject terminology to support their views (Structure of extract. What happens where, and why this is important)

Notes -

  • DO NOT WRITE ABOUT LANGAUGE - Think organistaion and structure
  • Focusing on what happens at the start - Does it fit Fretag's Pyramid? If not why? 
  • distraction from action creates tension for the reader - wanting them to read on - and fill in the gaps
  • Focusing on how focus changes throughout - (new paragraph new topic) e.g flashback - chaos, turmoil - reflecting mindest of character, same for reader - difficult to understand
  • 'Other structural devices' - What can you work out? How extract is ordered. Constant reminder of a topic. Or length of a parargraph. long to longer - overwhelmed. short - dramatic finality of topic(?)
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Section A - Question 4

20 marks

20 - 25 minutes                                        maybe about 4 paragraphs - (roughly, Quality not quantity!)

AO4 :

  • Evaluate texts critcally and support this with appropriate textual references

Notes -

  • Asked to respond to an opnion
  • If so, why, if not, why? Find a balanced argument , both in agreement and not,
    • However you have to predominantly agree with the question
  • Emotive language - helps us to feel like the character
  • sensory decsription - creates vivid images in the reader's mind
  • Long sentences - confusion
  • Short sentences - energy, dramatic
  • flashback structutre - Takes us back to a time we were not experinecing- Detachment from the story and the moment
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Section B - Question 5 : Assessment Objectives

40 marks overall (24 content, 16 SPAG)

45 minutes

AO5 :

  • Communicate clearly, effectively and imaginatively, selecting and adapting tone, style and register for different forms, purposes and audiences
  • Organise information and ideas, using structural and grammatical features to support coherence and cohesion of texts

AO6 :

  • Candidates must use a range of vocabulary and sentence stuctures for clarity, purpose and effect, with accurate spelling and punctuation
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Section B - Question 5 : Descriptive

Main tips

1# Describe the FULL RANGE of the SENSES!!!


2# Figurative language

3# Vocabulary and tone

Positve or Negative tone depending on picture - choose appropriate vocabulary

Sentence types - Short simple sentence for a facts paced tense atmosphere

                            Long complex sentence to create a more relaxed feel           

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Section B - Question 5 : Narrative (Story)

Main tips

***Use everything needed in a descriptive piece***

1# Varied sentence lengths!!!

2# Figurative language

3# Emotive language

4# Not much action - one/two events at most

5# SHOW ME, DON'T TELL ME... Describe an event/moment of action where the reader can infer the details

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Bushra Patel


Now, this is useful. 



very useful ! thank you

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