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Edexcel GCSE English Literature Unseen Poetry | How to Use

pdodd | Sunday January 01, 2017

Categories: KS4, EDEXCEL GCSE, Edexcel GCSE English Literature 2015, Component 2: 19th Century Novel and Poetry since 1789

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Introduction

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

Edexcel Unseen Poetry

  • Students answer ONE question comparing two unseen contemporary poems that are linked by a theme.
  • Students are required to compare the poets’ portrayals of the theme through their use of language, form and structure (AO1and AO2).

Within this Anthology there will be advice given to teachers on how to prepare and teach the unseen poetry element and a range of poems across five themes which teachers 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 for the Edexcel exam.

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
  • AO2 analyse the language, form and structure used by a writer to create meanings and effects, using relevant...

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