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Cambridge IGCSE English Language 0500/0522 Component 4

Paul Merrell | Monday February 09, 2015

Categories: KS4, Cambridge iGCSE, English 0500, English 0522, Cambridge iGCSE English, OCR GCSE, Hot Entries, Writing, Creative Writing, Descriptive Writing, Narrative Writing

Associated Resources

  • Component 4 Coursework Marking Grid.docx
  • Component 4 Senses Grid.docx
  • Nighthawks Writing Frame.docx

Component 4 Coursework Portfolio - Assignment 2

If you follow 0500, the Coursework Portfolio is worth 50% of the final mark. It is 40% for 0522.

Students will produce 3 pieces of work for their Coursework Portfolio: this guide composes three lessons that should help support pupils through the process of producing a piece of coursework for Assignment 2. This guide also includes examples of Exemplar work from pupils produced following these lessons. These are provided for the teachers us only.

How is this Assessed?

As with the other assignments, Assignment 2: descriptive and/or narrative should be anything around 500–800 words. It is marked out of 40 and tests the following writing assessment objectives:

  • W1 articulate experience and express what is thought, felt and imagined
  • W2 sequence facts, ideas and opinions
  • W3 use a range of appropriate vocabulary
  • W4 use register appropriate to audience and context
  • W5 make accurate use of spelling, punctuation and grammar

You can find the Coursework Marking Grid in Associated Resources (at the start of this resource).

Lesson One: Constructing Descriptive Sentences

Learning Objectives

By the end of the lesson students will be able to:

  • To be able to make use of the five senses
  • To be able to develop the opening of a descriptive piece

Starter Activity

Display Edward Hopper’s Night Hawks to the class.

Students have a few minutes to come up with as many adjectives that describe this scene as possible. Take feedback on the board - highlighting particularly effective choices. Explain that describing a picture is going to be the focus of our Assignment 2 Coursework.

First Activity

Hand out the Senses Grid in Associated Resources (at the start of this resource) explaining how the use of these features is one of the most powerful ways of making descriptive writing work. The...


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