Question 1: Retrieving information
What we learn from the text regarding....?
- Worth 8 marks, spend 10-12 minutes answering this question.
- Make 6 points and use quotes from the whole text to support your point, always link points back to the question.
- Re-word quotations to show you understand the text.
- Make perceptive interpretations and look for subtle points- don't just state the obvious.
- Consider other angles to the text eg. contradictions
- DO NOT ANALYSE LANGUAGE AND THE EFFECT OF LINGUISTIC FEATURES.
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Question 2: Analyse and Link Presentation
What are the effects of the headline and image, and how do they link in with the text?
- Worth 8 marks, spend 10-12 minutes on this question
- Make 6 points. ( POINT, EVIDENCE, EXPLAIN, LINK (to question))
- Analyse language used in the heading and subheading, explain how it links in with the text, analyse the effect it has and explain the writer's ideas.
- Make a detailed reading of the picture, find subtleties that link with the text, analyse their effect and discuss why the image has been used.
- Look for alternative interpretations.
- Make direct references eg. quotations or presentational features.
- Select details that are relevent.
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Question 3: Inference
Explain the writer's thoughts and feelings.
- Worth 8 marks, spend 12 minutes on this question.
- Make 6 points and explain. ( POINT, EVIDENCE EXPLAIN, LINK). Use quotations from the entire text.
- Interpret meaning of language, structure and grammer and explain how it shows the writer's feelings.
- Find subtle details that can show an emotion and read between the lines- don't just state the obvious.
- DO NOT INCLUDE EFFECTS OF LINGUISTIC FEATURES.
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Question 4: Compare Language
Compare the way language is used for effect in two texts.
- Worth 16 marks, spend 24 minutes on this question.
- Make 8 points using quotations to support your idea. ( POINT, EVIDENCE, EXPLAIN)
- Analyse language, the use of linguistic features and their effect.
- Compare how devices are used similarly or differently.
- Explain how purpose can effect language.
- Make cross references.
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