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Eduqas English Language Unseen Fiction Reading | Conflict

pdodd | Tuesday December 15, 2015

Categories: KS4, 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 Assessment Pack, Component 1: 20th Century Literature Reading and Creative Prose Writing Schemes

For Component One

20th Century Reading and Creative Prose Writing


From the Eduqas English Language specification

‘Understanding of one prose extract (about 60-100 lines) of literature from the 20th century assessed through a range of structured questions’, this section assesses AO1, AO2 and AO4’.


‘All texts in the examination will be ‘unseen’, that is, learners will not have studied them before. These texts will be drawn from the 20th century, as specified below’.

The sample fiction texts that have been produced in this Anthology are based loosely around four themes they illustrate the range of genres and period described above. Students should build up in their learning a wide portfolio of fiction texts that they can use beyond this in preparation for the exam.

‘GCSE English language is designed on the basis that learners should read and be assessed on high-quality, challenging texts from the 20th century. Each text studied in the classroom must represent a substantial piece of writing, making significant demands on learners in terms of content, structure and the quality of language’.

Within the Anthology there is a discussion on how to use this material effectively in the classroom, a discussion of the assessment objectives, what examiners are looking for and one sample set of questions with indicative content for each of the four themes.

How to use unseen fiction material effectively in the classroom

Some general tips:

  • The assessment of reading skills in this paper is based entirely on unseen texts. Consequently whenever possible students should practice analysing fiction texts as ‘unseens’ as the norm in their study of both English Language and English Literature.
  • Try to harness good reading skills from Key Stage 3 onwards by introducing students to a range of fiction texts from the 20th century across a range of genres and increasing the challenge of these texts up into Key...

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