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AQA & WJEC Eduqas GCSE Creative Writing Scheme: Describing and Narrating

Sarah Battams | Friday December 12, 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 Schemes, WJEC Eduqas GCSE, WJEC Eduqas GCSE English Language 2015, Component 1: 20th Century Literature Reading and Creative Prose Writing, Component 1: 20th Century Literature Reading and Creative Prose Writing Schemes, Hot Entries, Writing, Creative Writing, Descriptive Writing, Narrative Writing

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  • WJEC Eduqas GCSE English Language Component 1: Reading and Writing Assessment Pack
  • AQA GCSE English Language Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing Assessment Pack

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This Creative Writing scheme covers descriptive and narrative writing skills. Descriptive writing is writing which describes a person, place or event in such a way that a picture is created in the reader’s mind.  A successful descriptive piece allows the reader to imagine what it would be like to know that person, to see that place or to experience that event.  Narrative writing tells a story.  A successful narrative piece tells a story in an interesting and unpredictable way. There is some crossover in the techniques needed to achieve a successful piece in either genre. While this exam only assesses writing, some of the lessons do cover the Reading AOs i.e. using an extract as a model for successful writing. This is considered good practice and encourages pupils to transfer skills.

WJEC Eduqas

Creative Writing is component of many GCSE English/English Language specifications. In WJEC Eduqas GCSE (9-1) in English Language (for teaching from 2015), it is included in Component One (20th Century Literature Reading and Creative Prose Writing). In this exam, ‘creative prose writing [is tested] through one 40-mark task (worth 20% of the overall qualification) where communication and organisation are awarded 24 marks and vocabulary, and sentence structure, spelling, punctuation are awarded 16 marks.  Candidates will be offered a choice of four titles. In the Specimen Material the titles are:

  • Making a Difference
  • The Choice
  • Write about a time when you were at a children’s party
  • Write a story which begins: I didn’t know if I had the courage to do this…

Students are expected to write about 450-600 words and they are advised to spend about 10 minutes planning their answer and about 35...


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