GCSE 9-1 English Language and Literature here

KS3 & KS4 Catch Up

Blog Archive

Student Room

Useful Materials

ELLA3 Comparative Analysis Exemplar Response

Beth Kemp | Monday May 21, 2012


Guide Navigation

  1. Introduction to ELLA3 Revision Guide
  2. ELLA3 Answering the Comparative Analysis Question
  3. ELLA3 Comparative Analysis Question
  4. ELLA3 Comparative Analysis Exemplar Response
  5. ELLA3 Answering the Adaptation Question
  6. ELLA3 Adaptation Exemplar Cupcakes Response
  7. ELLA3 Adaptation Exemplar House Somewhere Response
  8. ELLA3 Adaptation Checklist

ELLA3 Comparative Analysis Exemplar (Jan 2013)

All three of these texts concern aspects of naming, but they approach their topic in very different ways. Texts A and C are very personal, referring to the names of specific individuals, while Text B takes a more general approach, covering a range of names relating to people who are not personally known to the writer.

This allows Text B to treat the topic of names much less seriously, being an entertaining news ‘filler’ piece about ‘silly’ or unfortunate names. It uses the superlatives “most unlucky” and “most unfortunate” to show how extreme these names are - it is presented as impossible to be unluckier or more unfortunate in terms of names than these people. Interestingly, Text B’s main theme - that people should be careful when naming their children - is seen to an extent in Text A, as the mother shows that they didn’t select “William” as a name because “that would have meant his initials were WC”. Her hesitation on what to label this: “the the the erm (1.0)


“, shows both the spontaneity of the conversation and also a lack of comfort with the idea. Her emphasis on the word “issue” once she has selected it shows that she is pleased with this vocabulary choice. Text C, on the other hand, although it is personal, like Text A, is not focused on how names are chosen, but on the way a woman’s maiden name comes to represent such a small part of her married identity, focused on her younger life, and “disused” once she is married.

The kind of audience for each of these texts is different, leading to differences in the language and styles...

Please subscribe or log in to access the rest of this resource (including associated media).

This website offers a wealth of enriched content to help you help your students with GCSE English Language and Literature. Please subscribe or log in to access this content.

The content of this site has been produced by teachers and examiners. Edusites have similar support sites for Film and Media called Edusites Film and Edusites Media.

If you would like more information about Edusites English, get in touch using the contact details below.

Kind regards, Richard Gent
Edusites Ltd

[email] admin@edusites.co.uk
[telephone] 01604 847689
[fax] 01604 843220