GCSE English Language

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  • Created on: 31-12-12 16:07

Question 1

Points to remember for question 1 

  • Don't just repeat the text interpret it
  • Support your points with quotes
  • Think about what is being implied or suggested 
  • Comment on the writers attitude 
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Question 2

For this question you should use both presentational and organisational devices to explain the effect on the reader definitions and examples of these are on the next two cards 

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Presentational devices

Presentational devices are any techniques that are used to make the reader feel or act in a particular way, these include

  • Colour 
  • Headings/sub-headings
  • Images
  • Fonts
  • Size of the devices 
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Organisational devices

Organisational devices include 

  • Headings/Sub-headings
  • Discourse markers for example secondly, futhermore, in addition, in contrast 
  • Bullet points or numbered points 
  • The order of ideas
  • Repetition at the very end of an idea introduced in the opening 
  • Organising a text into different sections for example in text boxes 
  • Size of paragraphs 
  • Layout of text/spacing of text 
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Question 3

The focus of this question is on the effect that language has on our understanding of a text.

This question is not asking you to explain your own thoughts and feelings or to just list the language techniques but to explain the intentions of the writer.

You can do this by using SO PERFECT MARS which will be explained on the next card 

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Speaks directly to the reader                     Metaphor

Opinion                                                       Alliteration


Personal anecdote - mini story                      Simile 

Emotive language                        

Rhetorical question




Three - power of 

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Question 4

For this question it is helpful to:

  • Find similarities
  • Find diffrences
  • Find similarities with diffrences
  • Find diffrences with similarities 

Some examiners tips

" Always find you material in the two texts first. Then find some clear similarities and some clear diffrences."

" These words and phrases are sometimes useful when you are comparing ; both texts, on the other hand, each text and however." 

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Question 4 continued

Some things to look for to help your analysis 

  • Things they say and how they say them 
  • Actions and words that add to the tone such as danger, peril, desperation and tension
  • Puntuation and sentance effect
  • adjectives and adverbs 

Before you start analysing it is useful to find the GAP of the two texts 




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Section B

In this section there are a total of 14 marks for 

  • Accurate spelling 
  • Punctuation 
  • Grammer 
  • Range of sentence structures 

In this section it is good to remember TAP 

Text type



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Question 5

For informing questions you need to give factual information 

For explaining questions you need to give reasons 

For describing questions you need to paint a vivid picture 

For this question remember your five senses these will help you do this question well 

  • Taste
  • Touch 
  • Smell
  • Hear 
  • Sight 
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Question 6

For the finial question it helps to remember TRAPPERS 




Paragraphs - introduction and conclusions 

Punctuation - use it and vary it 


Rhetorical questions 

Sentence structure 

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