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AQA GCSE Guide to Unit 1 Section B: Mister Pip

jennywebb | Friday April 04, 2014

Categories: KS4, AQA GCSE, Hot Entries, Prose, Mr Pip, Writing, Analytical Writing, Prose Analysis, AQA English Literature, Unit 1 Exploring Modern Texts

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Mister Pip is a fascinating but difficult text to study at GCSE. The subject matter is hard hitting and disturbing, meaning that students are simultaneously intimidated by the enormity of the themes, and drawn in by its harrowing sense of reality. Some teachers have shied away from this text simply because the violent content is so raw; however, in my opinion, students find it very accessible and refreshing to study. This exam takes the form of two mini-essays. The first is an analysis of an extract from the novel; the second is a short essay based on a character or wider theme. This second task will require some understanding and comment on context (AO4). In order to prepare students well for this exam, two main areas are key: extract practice and in depth discussion/analysis of context.

Mister Pip SOW

AQA GCSE English Literature Assessment Objectives

AO1: Respond to texts critically and imaginatively; select and evaluate relevant textual detail to illustrate and support interpretations.

AO2: Explain how language, structure and form contribute to writers’ presentation of ideas, themes and settings.

AO3: Make comparisons and explain links between texts, evaluating writers’ different ways of expressing meaning and achieving effects. (Not relevant to this text in paper 1 exam)

AO4: Relate texts to their social, cultural and historical contexts; explain how texts have been influential and significant to self, and other readers in different contexts and at different times.

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Mister Pip Plot Summary

Chapter 1 p.1-5
We meet Pop Eye and Grace. An introduction to the simple life on the island.

Chapter 2, p.6-11
We learn how Matilda’s father left the island for work. The Civil War begins and there are descriptions of people being dropped from helicopters.

Chapter 3, p.12-19
School reopens with Mr Watts as the teacher. The children clear the overgrown school house. We are introduced...

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