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WJEC GCSE Eng Lit Paper 2: Teaching Heritage & Contemporary Prose & Drama

Beth Kemp | Thursday September 12, 2013

Categories: KS4, WJEC Eduqas GCSE, Hot Entries, Writing, Drama Analysis, Prose Analysis, Teaching Ideas & Skills Development, WJEC GCSE English Literature, Unit 2a Literary Heritage, Drama and Prose, Unit 2b Drama and Prose

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This guide focuses on the ‘strengthened’ version of the current specification for assessment from 2015 in terms of implications for teaching, as far as these can be told from the information currently available. This presentation is largely in comparison to the existing specification, examined for the final time in June 2014.

This closed book examination assesses students’ understanding of two specific set texts, one drama and one prose, one of which must be a ‘heritage’ text and the other ‘contemporary’. Students studying a ‘Heritage’ Drama text with a Contemporary Prose text will sit unit 2a, while those exploring Contemporary Drama and Heritage Prose will take unit 2b.

Set Texts

Literary Heritage Drama

  • Othello (Shakespeare)
  • Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare)
  • An Inspector Calls (Priestley)
  • Hobson’s Choice (Brighouse)
  • A Taste of Honey (Delaney)

Contemporary Prose

  • Paddy Clarke
  • Ha Ha Ha (Doyle)
  • Heroes (Cormier)
  • Never Let Me Go (Ishiguro)
  • About a Boy (Hornby)
  • Resistance (Sheers)

Contemporary Drama

  • The History Boys (Bennett)
  • Blood Brothers (Russell - not Stanley Thorne edition)
  • A View from the Bridge (Miller)
  • Be My Baby (Whittington)
  • My Mother Said I Never Should (Keatley)

Literary Heritage Prose

  • Silas Marner (Eliot)
  • Pride and Prejudice (Austen)
  • A Christmas Carol (Dickens)
  • Lord of the Flies (Golding)
  • Ash on a Young Man’s Sleeve (Abse)

This paper is worth 40% of a student’s GCSE in English Literature and provides him or her with up to 80 UMS marks. It is marked out of 68 ‘raw’ marks, including an allocation of 4 marks to ‘Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar’ (SPaG), assessed on the whole text essay questions.
The pattern of assessment for each text is similar to the set text portion of Unit 1 (Different Cultures text), and this can usefully be highlighted to students, so that they can see that they must use similar skills and techniques in answering Literature papers.

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