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Integrated Exercises for OCR GCSE English Language and Literature

Chris Barcock | Friday September 09, 2016

Categories: KS4, OCR GCSE

The following passages are all taken from J352/01 Literature Paper ‘Exploring modern and literary heritage texts’.

  • All five set texts are represented and can, of course, be added to from whichever set text is being studied so as to go alongside any of the passages which will, effectively, be ‘unseen’.
  • Teachers can fill in as much or as little detail as they wish in preparing learners for either or both of them. For example, some glossing of some of the vocabulary may be helpful.
  • They are presented in the format of English Language PaperJ351/02 Exploring effects and impact and will normally contain two C20th or C21st texts.

The four assessment objectives are:-

  • AO1: Identify and interpret explicit and implicit information and ideas
  • AO2: Explain, comment on and analyse how writers use language and structure to achieve effects and influence readers, using relevant subject terminology to support their views
  • AO3: Compare writers’ ideas and perspectives, as well as how these are conveyed across two or more texts
  • AO4: Evaluate texts critically and support this with textual references

In OCR English Language Paper 02 question 1 tests AO1, questions 2 & 3 test AO2 and question 4 tests AOs 3 & 4.

In this paper AO1 does not ask candidates to select and synthesise across two texts: but any of the Q1s could be easily adapted to ask this with Paper 01 in mind.

So what learners are being asked to do is:-

  • Develop their skills in reading unseen passages: in this case C19th fiction, which supports approaches to unseen texts (runs across the specifications) and C19th writing: English Language Paper One.
  • Rehearse their skills for answering English Language Papers 1 & 2.
  • Develop specific understanding of key passages from their set Literature texts….
  • Hone their skills of comparison and analysis…
  • Broaden their understanding of both the social and literary contexts of the C19th.

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