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GCSE English Literature Guide to Educating Rita

Shirley Bierman | Monday September 02, 2013

Categories: KS4, OCR GCSE, Drama, Analysing Drama, Educating Rita, Hot Entries, Writing, Analytical Writing, Drama Analysis, Literary Analysis, OCR GCSE English Literature, Unit A662

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Note: Whilst this Edusites English guide is focused on the requirements of the OCR English Literature exam (A662: Modern Drama), it would be easily adaptable to suit any other GCSE English Literature course.

OCR Unit A662: Modern Drama Examined Unit

This is worth 25% of the GCSE English Literature marks and you will have to respond to ONE question on this text. The exam will last for 45 minutes. The total number of marks for the Foundation paper is 33 with 6 marks awarded for spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPAG) with the Higher paper having a total of 49 marks with 9 marks awarded for SPAG.

Assessment Objectives

In general, you will need to respond to the play not as something you have read, but as a piece of drama, that is, a stage play. This means, even if you haven’t been able to watch a stage version, you will still need to analyse the play through the eyes and mind of a member of the audience, imaging you are watching the words spoken and acted out on stage. Calling the play a ‘story’ or such like in your essay is going to lose you marks. It is indeed a ‘story’, but it’s one that is acted out on stage in a theatre and your analysis and exam answer needs to reflect this.

Effects, Methods and Purposes

Your focus, as always in English when responding to any kind of text, must be on:

  • the EFFECTS the writer has tried to create using language (and, here, stage setting and action);
  • the LITERARY, LINGUISTIC & DRAMATIC METHODS used to create them;
  • the likely PURPOSES intended.
    • Keep in mind the DUAL PURPOSE of all writers of literary texts. The primary purpose of a writer is to absorb the audience into the imaginary, fictional world of the text.
    • In a literary drama text, this means entertaining the audience by creating an emotionally absorbing, tense and suspenseful plot...

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