Method for each question: GCSE aqa english language notes

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Question 1 (10 - 12 mins) Retrieve Key Points

Follow points and arguments, remember to include opposing argument aswell!

Pick out points relevant to question,

4-6 points with evidence / quotation embedded.

Higher Grade: Consider other relevant angles and infer

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Question 2 (10 - 12 mins) Analyse and link Present

Looking at presentational devices and layout (font, colour, placement, picture,

headline, captions)

comment on how pictures are relevant to the text

4-6 (2+2 / 3+3) points with evidence / reference

Higher Grade: Multiple meanings

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Question 3 (10 - 12 mins) Understand what’s implie

Get under what they say to find out what they mean ‘read between the lines’

Explain what you pick up on (moods / feeling / intention)

Where is your focus being directed to (repetition / change)


Higher Grade: depth / perception of any points

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Question 4 (20 - 24 mins) Compare language use

Point out what is similar / different in the language of the texts and the effect

Language style is humorous or dramatic etc

Formal / informal

Literary techniques used

Who it is aimed at

Get 3 points for each source (3 long paragraphs with both sources refered to in each)

Use of facts and opinions

Higher Grade: Compare in the same paragraph develop answer

Answer like an essay.

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Question 5 (25 mins) DESCRIBE / EXPLAIN

What - Why / how – details

Isolate – justify / elements - details

Make it grow – end strong

Use Linguistic devices – try to make the description vivid

Use varied sentences / varied sentence length / varied punctuation (;!-) /

Wide vocabulary / unique structure (bullet points / indent / speech)

Try to be subtle – create a world for your reader

Go into the main characters head, then come out look around, go back in etc...

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Question 6 (35 mins) ARGUE / PERSUADE

Isolate view - Build – back up – acknowledge /neutralize opposing (x3/4) – emphasize / higher (moral)

(use skills – sentence variation / techniques / statistics etc etc)

Use varied sentences / varied sentence length / varied punctuation (;!) /

wide vocabulary / unique structure (bullet points / indent / speech)

1st / 2nd / 3rd person as appropriate.


 Alliteration, fact, opinion, onomatopoeia, rhetorical question, emotive language, simile, testimonial, list of three

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