The exam is 1 hour 30 minutes long and is split into two sections.
Section A has two questions and is on Sunlight on the Grass.
Section B has two questions and is on Of Mice and Men.
Essentially you have to try and create 4 mini-essays analysing and evaluating 3 quotations (though always try to aim for one more) for each mini essay.
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.
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
Over at www.mrbruff.com you also have some excellent links to both Of Mice and Men and Sunlight on the Grass.
Each week your homework is due and is slightly different to build you up to full exam practice.
Remember the key skills that you need to show in each paragraph of your answer:
Point that directly answers the question (add a device for more sophistication).
An appropriate quotation (Embedded for fluency and a more sophisticated writing style)
Paraphrase where the quotation has come from.
Analyse (Zoom in on a key word)
Evaluate (Zoom out - what is the strength of the writer's choices and what message are they trying to convey)
Link all your analysis back to your main answer to the question.
Week 1 - Due Friday 7th March - One paragraph analysing one quotation for the following:
- How does the writer present relationships in The Compass and Torch?
- How does the writer present relationships in a story of your choice?
Time yourself - you should aim to complete this in no more than 15 minutes.
Week 2 - Due Friday 14th March - One full answer to question one, one paragraph analysing one quotation for the second question:
- How does the writer present appearances in 'The Darkness Out There'.
- How does the writer present appearances in a story of your choice.
Time yourself - you should aim to complete this in no more than half an hour.
Week 3 - Due Friday 21st March - One full exam answer to both questions:
- How does the writer present different cultures in 'Something Old Something New'?
- How does the writer present different cultures in a story of your choice?
Time yourself - you should aim to complete this in no more than forty five minutes.
Week 4 - Due Friday 28th March - One paragraph that you have improved from any two of the questions above. (Two paragraphs improvement in total).