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GCSE English Literature Teacher / Student Guide to Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha

Shirley Bierman | Thursday November 28, 2013

Categories: KS4, OCR GCSE, WJEC Eduqas GCSE, Hot Entries, Prose, Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, Writing, Analytical Writing, Literary Analysis, Prose Analysis, OCR GCSE English Literature, Unit A663, WJEC GCSE English Literature, Unit 2a Literary Heritage, Drama and Prose

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WJEC Unit 2a: Contemporary Prose (External Assessment – 20%)

Students will need to answer two questions on the set text. The first part of the question will require a ‘close reading’ of an extract with the second question offering a choice of tasks labelled (b) and (c) relating to the text as a whole. Part (a) will be worth 10 marks and (b) and (c) will be worth 20 marks each. There will be a focus on: AO1 and AO2:

AO1 = Respond to texts critically and imaginatively; select and evaluate relevant textual detail to illustrate and support interpretations.

AO2 = Explain how language, structure and form contribute to writers’ presentation of ideas, themes and settings.

OCR Unit A663: Prose from Different Cultures (Examination – 25%)

Students will need to investigate the social, cultural and historical contexts that gave rise to the text (as well as the fictional context created for the ‘storyworld’ of the text). The exam will last for 45 minutes and will ask for a response to one question on this set text. There will be a choice of two questions: one will have a set passage and a question relating to this passage; the second question will be more varied and centred on Doyle’s writing or his portrayal of some of his characters.  The Foundation Tier is worth 27 marks with the Higher Tier worth 40 marks. There will be a focus on: AO2: 10% and AO4: 15%.

AO2 = Explain how language, structure and form contribute to writers’ presentation of ideas, themes and settings.

AO4 = Relate texts to their social, cultural and historical contexts; explain how texts have been influential and significant to self, and other readers, in different contexts and at different times.

Roddy Doyle


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