I'm in year 10 going into year 11 in September, and I need help on how to get A*-A in GCSE English Language and English Literature. This includes what you need to be doing right in your coursework; most importantly the original writing task and An Inspector Calls essay.
thanks and your sound advice and opinions are acceptedLast edited by intellect212; 26-08-2010 at 19:18. Reason: to make it better
For English Coursework what the examiners are looking for are mainly orginality for the A*. This means, put something in that your teacher didn't tell you to that you think fits well to show you are capable of independent thinking. This is good for your exam as well, especially when it comes to poetry as the examiners are going to be reading many many papers full of the same opinions over and over again. And you should think about standing out in a positive way.
I've personally found looking at the markscheme for English Coursework very unhelpful. They are often too complicated to be too helpful and it is better not to structure your essay around a mark scheme anyway as it will be exceedingly obvious when your teacher marks it. If you are allowed, always write your coursework on the computer. Not only will spellcheck make grammar and spelling mistakes occur less often in your essays, I found that I find it easier than handwriting.
For orginal writing, try to use more complicated punctuation such as the semi-colon (correctly of course). Try to vary your sentence lengths and structures as well. Although reading something full of short simple sentences is boring, reading something with only complex compound ones are not much better. The story has to be engaging and gripping. You need a "hook" to draw the readers in, excuse the cliche.
For An Inspector Calls, I would suggest using sparknotes and other such materials to help you analyze. You shouldn't be copying anything from these though, but they are often very useful whilst writing your essay, especially if you have no clue where to start on it. If you are trying to get your coursework up to a higher standard, try to be more specific in your analysis, taking specific words or phrases to analyze instead of quoting huge sections and summing it up.
Good luck with your English!
weiaoyl pretty much summed it up but yeah originality is important
Unit 3: The Study of Linked Texts [25%]
You must complete a task on two linked texts. These are a play by Shakespeare and a heritage prose text.
If you have studied Shakespeare for Unit 2, you must still study a drama and a prose text for Unit 3, but only one of these two texts has to be a heritage text. (This can be a second play by Shakespeare, but it must not be the play chosen for Unit 2. Alternatively you could study one of the contemporary drama texts prescribed for Unit 2 alongside your heritage prose text.)
Refer to Appendix 2 of the specification for the tasks for unit 3.
Three options are provided for the task.
Each option is divided into two tasks.
Task (a) requires candidates to demonstrate their knowledge of the text in its context and is worth 10%.
Task (b) requires candidates to show their knowledge of both texts while comparing writers’ ideas and themes, and showing awareness of context and is worth 15%.
You should be able to:
- read and understand your chosen texts;
- use details from the texts to illustrate interpretations;
- analyse connections between texts;
- compare and contrast the presentation of themes, characters and settings;
- evaluate the different ways the writers achieve effects; and
- relate texts to their social, cultural or historical contexts.