There are some great resources kicking around the internet to help you with your revision. This posting is aiming to collate some of these to allow you to have all your resources in the one place.
Remember -'Visible Revision' is key here. The more you write about and gain feedback about these stories the better you will become in performing under exam pressures.
I will post a range of questions at the end. Post your answers in the comments sections and I can feedback to you.
First of all - here are a collection of excellent revision videos on each of the stories put together by some people calling themselves Short and Sweet GCSE Eng - we owe them thanks for putting together these resources which are available on Youtube but embedded below for your convenience.
On Seeing the 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful April Morning
Compass and Torch
The Darkness Out There
Something Old Something New
My Polish Teacher's Tie
When the Wasps Drowned
Remember your skills for each of these exams are very similar. You are looking to do the following things:
Analysis (Zooming in on Key Words / Devices)
Evaluate (Zooming out linking your analysis to an over all message or issue the writer is trying to discuss)
What the examiner is looking for is some extended abstract thinking which shows you can delve into the depths of a text and look beyond the surface level meaning of a quotation.
You have 20 minutes per question in this exam so you need to be focusing on writing a lot about a little choosing one or two select quotations to use and linking them to the writer's ideas and the question. Trust your basic skills and show the examiner you can think outside of the box and you will be fine.
Here are a number of essay questions you can try:
1) How does the writer present childhood in their story?
2) How does the writer present growing up in their story?
3) How does the writer present self confidence in their story?
4) How does the writer present morality in their story?
5) How doe the writer present fate in their story?
6) How does the writer present appearances in their story?
7) How does the writer present family relationships in their story?
8) How does the writer present father son bond in their story?
9) How does the writer present death in their story?
10) How does the writer present different cultures in their story?
Ten revision questions for you to practise from. Only spend 20 minutes writing these and then post your answer so I can give you your feedback.