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AQA English Language Unseen Fiction Reading | Life and Relationships Part 1

Richard Gent | Monday November 23, 2015

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Paper One

Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing

Introduction

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  • AQA English Language Unseen Fiction Reading | Life and Relationships Part 2

‘The aim of this paper is to engage students in a creative text, reading a literature fiction text in order to consider how established writers use narrative and descriptive techniques to capture the interest of readers’.

Content

‘The source for the reading questions will be a literature fiction text. It will be drawn from either the 20th or 21st century. Its genre will be prose fiction. It will include extracts from novels and short stories and focus on openings, endings, narrative perspectives and points of view, narrative or descriptive passages, character, atmospheric descriptions and other appropriate narrative and descriptive approaches’.

  • The sample fiction texts that have been produced in this Anthology are based loosely around four themes they illustrate the range of genres and periods described above. Students should build up in their learning a wide portfolio of fiction texts that they can use beyond this in preparation for the exam.
  • Within the Anthology there is a discussion on how to use this material effectively in the classroom, a discussion of the assessment objectives, what examiners are looking for and one sample set of questions with indicative content for each of the four themes.

How to use unseen fiction material effectively in the classroom

Some general tips:

  • The assessment of reading skills in this paper is based entirely on unseen texts. Consequently whenever possible students should practice analysing fiction texts as ‘unseens’ as the norm in their study of both English Language and English Literature
  • Try to harness good reading skills from Key Stage 3 onwards by introducing students...

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