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AQA GCSE Eng Lit Paper 2: Power and Conflict Anthology Scheme

Mia Sneyd | Wednesday October 21, 2015

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This guide contains ideas and resources for teaching the poems in the ‘Power and Conflict’ cluster of the AQA Poems Past and Present anthology. The anthology is examined in AQA GCSE English Literature (8702) for teaching from September 2015.

The anthology is assessed in Paper 2 (Modern Texts and Poetry) of the Literature examination. The duration of the paper is 2 hrs 15mins and it is a closed book examination. The paper as a whole is worth 60% of the GCSE. There are four questions on the examination paper: one on modern prose or drama (marked out of 34); one on the anthology (marked out of 30 marks); and two questions on unseen poetry (one worth 24 marks and one worth 8 marks).

Assessment Objectives

The assessment objectives for the paper are:

  • 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. (Not assessed in Section B)

Specimen papers and mark schemes can be found on the AQA site.

The Poems, Past and Present anthology, contains two clusters of poems: Love and Relationships and Power and Conflict. Each cluster contains 15 poems.

The poems in Power and Conflict,are:

  1. Percy Bysshe Shelley Ozymandias
  2. William Blake London
  3. William Wordsworth Extract from, The Prelude
  4. Robert Browning My Last Duchess
  5. Alfred Lord Tennyson The Charge of the Light Brigade
  6. Wilfred Owen Exposure
  7. Seamus Heaney Storm on the Island
  8. Ted Hughes Bayonet Charge
  9. Simon Armitage Remains
  10. Jane Weir Poppies
  11. Carol Ann...

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