English Language Revision Cards Section A

just section A I'm afraid, I say VOILA and INFER a lot, but enjoy :)

HideShow resource information

Question 1- what do you learn?

This question will always be based on information retrieval from source one, with some interpretation of this information you find.

For each point, you should follow a strict pattern:

1. Make a point. It doesn't have to be a good one, most of your marks are earned later.

2. Use a quotation. Use one that backs up what you're saying, for example:

"We learn that she is happy. she is described as "overflowing with joy""

3. Try to infer. This is what is going to get you the higher marks. for example:

"This suggests that something good had happened." 

4. Repeat 4/5 times and remember to INFER INFER INFER!!!

That was the simplest example I could think of, so try and make it a bit more "smart sounding" when you give it a go :)

1 of 4

Question 2 - Explain how the headline and picture

This one's a bit more tricky, but not impossible. All you need to do is read the question, everything you need is right there. This is NOT asking you to analyse the language, but to explain the EFFECT. As I said, reeeally simple stuff :)

1.Pick something in the title that stands out to you, or that you think is funny ect.

2. Explain WHY it stands out to you, e.g. "humour draws the reader in because they think it will be light reading, repetition makes the reader really think about all the different meanings of the word, pauses create suspense, ect..."

3. Find something in the text that creates the same effect, or is repetition of the same word and "link it" to the headline or picture. Make sure to use (preferably embedded) quotes from both the headline and the text. Explain how the two things link.

4. Repeat 3/4 times. 


2 of 4

Question 3 - thoughts and feelings

This one's easiest if you do it chronologically, starting at the beginning of the text and going through. Before you even write anything, read through the source again. At the side of the page, write any thoughts and feelings you think the author was experiencing, and underline particular words that you think describe this. 

1. Use the first thought or feeling from the side. Don't say "I THINK they were feeling this and that" because it makes the examiner feel like you don't know what you're saying.

2. Quote, again preferably embedded (this gets you marks).

3. INFER INFER INFER!! "she's felling this, so she must also be feeling that" or "she will be feeling this because of this"

4. Repeat 4/5 times

VOILA!! Almost there  now kiddies, just one more to go :)

3 of 4

Question 4 - comparing

This one is by far the hardest, and in the examiner's report the one that everyone struggles on, but never fear! I'm going to try to make this as simple as possible for you guys :)

You basically just have to take a language technique that is found in both and compare the effects, or state that is isn't found in one and the effect that gives :)

WARNING: You MUST explain th  effect and not just list things, and you MUST compare the two texts all the time. 

All I am doing now is just giving you examples of the language techniques to compare:

facts and figures; vivid description; metaphors; similes; personification; rhetoric devices; different sentence lengths and structures; use of verbs and adjectives; auxiliary verbs; alliteration; emotive language; technical language; groups of three; listing; repetition; use of personal pronouns ect.

Anyway, I hope I've helped with your revision, and I wish you all the best of luck with your exam, mwah :* 

4 of 4


No comments have yet been made

Similar English resources:

See all English resources »