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AQA GCSE English Literature Unseen Poetry | How to Use

pdodd | Sunday January 01, 2017

Categories: KS4, AQA GCSE, AQA GCSE English Literature 2015, Paper 2: Modern Texts and Poetry

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Introduction

Unseen poetry is an element in the AQA specification for English Literature (9-1).

AQA Unseen Poetry

Unseen poetry

  • Students will answer one question on one unseen poem and one question comparing this poem with a second unseen poem.
  • In preparing for the unseen poetry section of the examination, students should experience a wide range of poetry in order to develop their ability to closely analyse unseen poems.
  • Students should be able to analyse and compare key features such as their content, theme, structure and use of language.
  • Within this Anthology there is advice on how to prepare and teach the unseen poetry element and a range of poems across five themes which you can use with supporting information on meaning and some discussion points for the classroom.
  • Following on from this a range of assessment tasks with mark schemes are included.

Responding to unseen poetry in general

GCSE English Literature poetry assesses the extent to which candidates can develop an informed, personal, critical response to a poem, considering some of the ways in which the writer has presented their ideas. The response also assesses the ability to make comparisons and links across poems.

This is shown in the two assessment objectives for unseen poetry:

  • AO1 read, understand and respond to texts, maintaining a critical style and developing an informed personal response, using textual references including quotations to support and illustrate interpretations...

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