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Approaches to OCR GCSE Eng Lit Comp 01 Section A: Modern Prose or Drama

iyerm | Thursday March 12, 2015

Categories: KS4, OCR GCSE, OCR GCSE English Literature 2015, Component 01: Exploring Modern & Literary Heritage Texts, Component 01: Exploring Modern & Literary Heritage Texts Schemes, Hot Entries, Writing, Comparative Analysis

Assessment Objectives

GCSE English and English Literature assessment objectives (AOs) are set by The Department for Education and are the same across all boards. The examinations are set to assess how far students have achieved the following assessment objectives:

  • AO1: Read, understand and respond to texts. Students should be able to:
  • maintain a critical style and develop an informed personal response
  • use textual references, including quotations, to support and illustrate interpretations.
  • AO2: Analyse the language, form and structure used by a writer to create meanings and effects, using relevant subject terminology where appropriate.
  • AO3: Show understanding of the relationships between texts and the contexts in which they were written.
  • AO4: Use a range of vocabulary and sentence structures for clarity, purpose and effect, with accurate spelling and punctuation. A04 is assessed in Section A of the paper only.

And for part (a) of Section One of this paper candidates are assessed on their ability to:

Critically compare and contrast texts, referring where relevant to theme, characterisation, context (where known), style and literary quality.

Your response will be marked “holistically? that is, on its merits as a response to the task as a whole. Nonetheless it is important to understand the proportions of the 25 % of the GCSE Award that it will contribute. They are:

  • Part (a): AO1: 5%; AO2: 2.5%; AO3: 5% = 12.5%
  • Part (b): AO1: 6.25%; AO2: 6.25% = 12.5%

So you are not being assessed for AO4 here: this comes in Section Two, the C19th prose text. You should note too, that AO3 “context? is assessed only in part (a).

Skills Development

In this Unit as a whole, learners should be able to reflect critically and evaluatively on their reading and are expected to respond to:

  • Themes, ideas and issues
  • Characters and relationships
  • Language
  • Social, literary or thematic contexts.

Comprehension Skills

Learners will develop the skill of...


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