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English Language Paper
Weekly Revision Instalment:
Weeks 3 and 4
Week 3 – due W/b 29th January
Revisit Paper 1, Section B Question 5
Remind yourself of the question
Practise elements of the assessment objectives
Explore strategies and techniques for more effective answers that maximise in the 40 available marks
This section is worth 40 marks – half of all the marks available for language paper 1. It is possible to answer the question accurately and achieve only half marks, because of limited crafting and flair. You should be considering:
The content of your response, how you present ideas and adapt your tone, style and presentation and how you use language and vocabulary to demonstrate sophistication and authenticity
Ways to construct your response using paragraphing effectively and linking ideas seamlessly and coherently
Using a range of vocabulary, punctuation and grammatical forms and structures including sentence lengths and types.

Preparation activity:
-723265934720Sophisticated and ambitious vocabulary
00Sophisticated and ambitious vocabulary
3189767626730Figurative language e.g. similes/ metaphors
0Figurative language e.g. similes/ metaphors
Look at the example of a student response below- they were asked to write part of a story suggested by an image of a cowboy mounted on his horse and silhouetted against the sunset:
The sun dipped low beneath the looming, dusky sky. Its daytime glory was reduced to a fading flicker of a tiny ember that only just protruded above the dark horizon.

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Down in the valley, the camp hummed with activity: people milled about like ants, erecting tents, cooking meals and lighting fires, the smoke from which crept stealthily up the side of the mound, eventually reaching the rider’s nostrils and filling him with the warming aromas of home.
5283835608965Varied punctuation
0Varied punctuation
22637751182178Interesting sentence and paragraph openers
Interesting sentence and paragraph openers
-7230141087548Variety of different sentence lengths and structures
Variety of different sentence lengths and structures
A glance beyond the confines of the camp revealed the open plains beyond, as they bathed in the warmth of the dying light. Come nightfall, these plains would transform from places of refuge into discordant wastelands, answerable only to the laws of nature.

-659219238228Draw arrows to examples of the features of effective narrative writing mentioned in the 5 annotation boxes
What could be improved upon? What might you make more of or include more range of?
0Draw arrows to examples of the features of effective narrative writing mentioned in the 5 annotation boxes
What could be improved upon? What might you make more of or include more range of?

Practice Question:
Write an opening for a story suggested by this picture.

Tip: Get used to the idea that the exam board is looking for an episode of a whole story – not the whole thing itself- this is too much to try to deal with and you will end up with lots of basic narrative rather than beautiful detailed descriptions. Think of it as zooming in on a small part of a picture rather than trying to tackle the whole lot.

Finish by annotating your response in the same way that you did with your exemplar.

Week 4 – due W/b 5th February
Appreciate the importance of vocabulary
Craft sentences for effect
Preparation activity:
Start by finding the meaning of the highlighted vocabulary within the following extract. Then read the extract and take into consideration the way the author has included different sentence lengths and structures for effect:
Extract from The Masque of the Read Death by Edgar Allan Poe
The seventh apartment was closely shrouded in black velvet tapestries that hung all over the ceiling and down the walls, falling in heavy folds upon a carpet of the same material and hue. But in this chamber only, the colour of the windows failed to correspond with the decorations. The panes here were scarlet- a deep blood colour. Now in no one of the seven apartments was there any lamp or candelabrum, amid the profusion of golden ornaments that lay scattered to and fro or depended from the roof. There was no light of any kind emanating from lamp or candle within the suite of chambers. But in the corridors that followed the suite there stood, opposite to each window, a heavy tripod bearing a brazier of fire that projected its rays through the tinted glass and so glaringly illumined the room. And thus were produced a multitude of gaudy and fantastic appearances. But in the western or black chamber, the effect of the firelight that streamed upon the dark hangings through the blood-tinted panes was ghastly in the extreme, and produced so wild a look upon the countenances of those who entered, that there were few of the company bold enough to set foot within its precincts at all.
Look up and label all the highlighted vocabulary
Read the extract again to gain a better understanding
List the different sentence types and range of different types of words and phrases used to open sentences.

Sentence types Words groups and phrase types to open sentences
This week, you need to show crafting of language and vocabulary, as well as use of a range of different sentence openers and constructions.
You also need to consider how you will use structure and paragraphing to build in a thread and tie your whole response together. Some have suggested that when you first start planning your response, you might begin by considering where you actually want this to finish. You may even wish to plan your opening and closing line together and perhaps the topic sentences (the opening sentences/ phrases in each paragraph) to really address the idea of whole text cohesion.

Look at and plan the response to the following within the box provided:
Write a descriptive scene for a ghost story
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Topic sentences for paragraph openers:
How I want my story extract to end:
00Opening ideas/ words/ phrases:
Topic sentences for paragraph openers:
How I want my story extract to end:

Finally, as you attempt to write this up, can you make use of 5 new pieces of vocabulary that you learnt from the practice activity?


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