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AQA GCSE Eng Lit Paper 1: Macbeth Scheme

Shane Richardson | Tuesday January 26, 2016

Categories: KS4, AQA GCSE, AQA GCSE English Literature 2015, Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th Century Novel, Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th Century Novel Schemes, Drama, Macbeth, Hot Entries, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays, Writing, Drama Analysis

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  • AQA GCSE Eng Lit Paper 1: Macbeth Scheme Model Responses
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How the unit is assessed:

  • 1 hour 45 minute written exam
  • 64 marks
  • 40% of GCSE

Exam Questions

Section A

In Section A, students will respond to a Shakespeare play that they have been taught in preparation for the examination. The paper will contain an extract about which students will need to write and then use this as a springboard to branch out across the rest of the text. The specific focuses for each year will be announced in the Spring term.

Section B

This section will focus on the study of a 19th Century novel: like Section A, students will respond to one question based on a book that they have read in preparation for the examination. Again, they will be required to write about an extract from the novel and then use this as the basis for a discussion about the whole text.

Shakespeare

The new specification places an emphasis on the study of whole-texts. In turn, for this unit, students will be required to study one text from the list below, in detail, and be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the whole text.

The texts are:

  • Macbeth
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • The Tempest
  • The Merchant of Venice
  • Much Ado About Nothing
  • Julius Caesar

Aims and Learning Outcomes

This GCSE English Literature specification is intended to provide students with an opportunity to develop a range of skills and aptitudes associated with the study of literature. The specification is designed such that students develop the skills to be confident readers, critical thinkers and articulate writers. Equally, it is hoped that through their successful study of literature, students will find their passion for reading and this will provide a platform for the study of literature at a higher level.

The core skills that this specification intends to teach students are:

  • to read a wide range of...

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