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AQA GCSE English Language P1 Explorations Brothers Moderation

Richard Gent | Wednesday March 26, 2014

Categories: KS4, AQA GCSE, AQA GCSE English Language 2015, Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing, Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing Assessment Pack, Mocks, Mock Exams, Starters & Teaching Ideas, Improve Your Teaching

This resource takes a Language Paper One extract, and provides exemplar answers for every question, and every band, along with helpful explanations of how to interpret the mark scheme.

This could be used in a number of ways

Department Moderation

See video links to examiner talking you through this paper

  • As a mock paper for your whole cohort to sit, and the exemplar responses will mean that department marking will be accurate and consistent

In Class

  • In class when going through different responses to really focus on the difference between level two and three, and three and four, for students who struggle to see how to get their responses to the ‘next level’

Department discussion

  • In staff training, when trying to ensure accuracy in marking, and an in depth understanding of the paper

This resource is particularly helpful for question four, due to its similarity to the questions of the AQA two most recent papers (June and November) and follows the pattern AQA seem to be setting with regards to how to answer the question.

As a department, I would suggest training could include:

  • All staff sitting the paper themselves
  • Collaboratively writing ‘full mark answers’ using the indicative content and the exemplars
  • Discussing the differences between the levels in the mark scheme, and consider the skills of individual students to focus on where marks are lost, and forensically analyse where students are going wrong and dropping marks

As a teacher, I would suggest lessons could include:

  • Giving all PARTS of all four levels of responses and asking students to rank them in order
  • Focussing on the phrasing of level three and four responses and picking phrases to use themselves
  • Take a level three/four response as an example, and then write their own response using a different point
  • Rewriting question two to focus on another part of the text, and then setting that question, allowing the model example to be used to scaffold response

Creative writing...

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