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GCSE English/English Literature<br />Be informed: What your son/daughter should be doing to revise for their exams & what you can do to help.<br />
GCSE English/English Literature<br />What is in each exam and when are they?<br />English Literature – Tuesday 25th May (1 ¾ hours)<br />Section A – Short Stories<br />Section B – Armitage, Duffy, Pre-1914 Poetry<br />English Paper 1 – Tuesday 8th June (1 ¾ hours)<br />Section A – Non-Fiction & Media Texts<br />Section B – Writing to Argue, Persuade, Advise<br />English Paper 2 – Thursday 10th June (1 ½ hours)<br />Section A – Poetry From Different Cultures<br />Section B – Writing to Inform, Explain, Describe<br />
GCSE English/English Literature<br />If you want to know more about anything mentioned this evening, please ask! Use the chat box in the bottom left of your screen…<br />There are some other teachers online right now who will answer as many questions as they can.<br />If your question is not answered please don’t worry. Just send your child’s English teacher an e-mail and they will answer any queries that you may have.<br />I will put all of the departments e-mail addresses up at the end of the presentation.<br />
GCSE English/English Literature<br />What should your son/daughter be doing at the moment to get ready for their exams?<br />They should be revising already…this will need to be planned – they are taking multiple subjects many of which have more than one exam.<br />You can help them by discussing their revision plan – help them set one up on a calendar – on paper, online or on their mobile phone.<br />For English/English Literature there is a lot of content – at this stage they should be revising the materials in the AQA Anthology as much as possible.<br />Reading will not suffice though – encourage them to make posters, mind-maps, charts, flash cards etc – revision needs to be active!<br />
GCSE English/English Literature<br />What are we doing to in school to help get your son/daughter ready for their exams?<br />At the moment all Year 11 classes are finishing off learning any poems that they have not covered.<br />Every Friday they are having a Paper 1 Skills Lesson to revise for and prepare for this exam.<br />Each week they receive a homework from this lesson in the form of a past exam question. <br />You can help by asking about this and making sure that they are doing it.<br />
GCSE English/English Literature<br />What will we be offering in the near future?<br />On Wednesday 7th April there will be an all day revision session for students who are on the C/D borderline.<br />There will be 4 follow up sessions after the Easter Break<br />Letters will be sent out at the end of this week.<br />There will also be sessions after the Easter break for those students who could achieve a B grade. <br />Again letters will go out to parents of these students.<br />Similarly, we have identified the students we believe are capable of achieving an A* - there is to be a double session on Wednesday 31st March for these students and one follow-up session on . <br />Again, a letter will be sent out.<br />
GCSE English/English Literature<br />3 ways to revise short stories:<br />Write a 200 word summary of each of the short stories that you have studied. Then reduce the summary to 100 words. Then reduce it to key words.<br />Make a chart with the key themes along the top / stories down the side – fill in the chart with notes about how each story fits in with each theme.<br />Each story uses “Extended Metaphors” – create a poster or mind-map that shows what each metaphor is and how they develop within each story. Include quotes to add detail. <br />
GCSE English/English Literature<br />3 ways to revise poetry:<br />Using the following themes: Death, Loss, Love, Relationships, Growing Up, Isolation – list all the poems that can fit under each one.<br />Create comparison grids for sets of 4 poems – in each box write down how the poem compares with one of the others and write down 2 key quotes you could use to support your points.<br />For each poem write down a key quote and then explain what we learn from the quote. (This is a good “flash-card” exercise)<br />
GCSE English/English Literature<br />3 ways to revise non-fiction & media texts:<br />Read as many media texts as possible including the backs of Cereal Boxes, biographies, news articles, magazines, posters, web pages.<br />Read over your completed skills homework – where you didn’t get full marks – do the task again and re-submit it.<br />Create a list of persuasive devices – write down what they do and find examples of them. (another good flash-card exercise)<br />
GCSE English/English Literature<br />3 ways to revise poetry from different cultures:<br />For each poem you have studied write down what you learn about the specific culture the poet is writing about.<br />This is “language” so you must have an understanding of the techniques used – explore these by creating mind-maps or posters.<br />Layout and structure are also important. <br />For layout draw the shape of each poem – annotate this explaining what it represents' <br />For structure – write down what the purpose of each stanza is? What unusual patterns can you see?<br />
GCSE English/English Literature<br />3 ways to revise writing:<br />Practice using devices and the senses in your descriptive writing by describing your own house at breakfast or dinner time.<br />Use Sam Learning to practice your spelling, punctuation and grammar.<br />Write a leaflet to your fellow students advising them about the benefits of revising – offer them practical ideas about how to do it.<br />
GCSE English/English Literature<br />If you send us an e-mail we send you a copy of this booklet:<br />
GCSE English/English Literature<br />Revising online:<br />www.chalfonts.org - click on the link for the VLE<br />http://learning.chalfonts.bucks.sch.uk/ - or go straight to this address<br />Or Google “Chalfonts Community College!<br />