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AQA GCSE English Language Paper 2: Guide and Exemplar Material for Questions Two and Four

Chris Barcock | Wednesday September 07, 2016

Categories: KS4, AQA GCSE, AQA GCSE English Language 2015, Paper 2: Writers' Viewpoints and Perspectives, Paper 2: Writers' Viewpoints and Perspectives Schemes, Writing, Analytical Writing, Comparative Analysis, Non-Fiction Analysis

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AQA Paper Two

The relevant assessment objectives are:-

  • AO1: Identify and interpret explicit and implicit information and ideas. Select and synthesise from different texts.
  • AO3: Compare writer’s ideas and perspectives, as well as how these are conveyed across two or more texts.

Section A: Reading: one non-fiction text and one literary non-fiction text

Section B: Writing:
writing to present a viewpoint

Reading (40 marks) (25%) – two linked texts

  • 1 short form question (1 x 4 marks) AO1
  • 2 longer form questions (1 x 8, AO1 1 x 12 marks AO2)
  • 1 extended question (1 x 16 marks AO3)

Writing (40 marks) (25%)

  • 1 extended writing question (24 marks for content, 16 marks for technical accuracy)

The relevant DFE statements are:-

For GCSE English Language students should:

  • read fluently, and with good understanding, a wide range of texts from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, including literature and literary non-fiction as well as other writing such as reviews and journalism
  • read and evaluate texts critically and make comparisons between texts
  • summarise and synthesise information or ideas from texts

GCSE English Language is designed on the basis that students should read and be assessed on high-quality, challenging texts from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Each text studied must represent a substantial piece of writing, making significant demands on students in terms of content, structure and the quality of language.

Students should develop skills in:-

  • critical reading and comprehension: identifying and interpreting themes, ideas and information in a range of literature and other high-quality writing; reading in different ways for different purposes, and comparing and evaluating the usefulness, relevance and presentation of content for these purposes; drawing inferences and justifying these with evidence; supporting a point of view...

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