Welcome to the blog Year 9 2013-2014!
Here are some key points to revise to help you with your exam next week.
We are assessing your ability to find information, make inferences and analyse in your reading and we are testing how well you can match your writing to form audience and purpose.
Tip Number 1 - Select and Retrieve
Read the source and highlight the topic sentences in each paragraph (the one which tells you what the subject is about). Then write in the margin what the main idea you get.
This will help you find information quickly when you look at the questions.
Tip Number 2 - Infer - A logical conclusion based on facts and your own experiences
Look at the question and highlight your trigger words (what the question wants you to focus on).
Skim read the source checking the key information you've noted down and think about the inferences you could make that match the trigger words.
Scan the paragraphs where the key information is and find quotations that can support your answer.
Double check your information to make sure it is the a logical inference.
Tip Number 3 - Analysis - Breaking something down into its key components and looking at the effect of them.
Here, remember to zoom in.
Find your key quotations and then zoom in - look at what the key words could indicate and suggest potential effects (being able to make a range of plausible interpretations means allows you to target the key information).
Tip Number 4 - Writing
Remember to focus on these 5 areas. You must make a little plan and try to remember to include variety in every paragraph and vary your paragraphs.
You could use devices such as Triadic Structure and Rhetorical Questions.
You can use dashes, brackets and commas for parenthesis.
Make sure you have different sentence types and lengths.
Think about the impact of your vocabulary.
We've been working on discourse markers to indicate the direction of your writing. These will be key to access the higher levels.
The best way to revise for English is to practice. There are lots of texts and questions you can focus on the blog.
Happy Revising and Good Luck