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A* in AQA LIt Poetry GCSE

Discussion in 'English' started by rhmorton, Mar 7, 2011.

  1. Hello. In the markscheme, to get an A*, it says they have to provide an 'evaluation of use of lang and effect on reader', and 'evaluative comparison'. Does this mean including consideration of how successful the poets are, in the opinion of the student? Should we be pushing them to explicitly write about this, eg by suggesting that Armitage's control of pace in Hitcher is less subtle than Duffy's in Stealing (or whatever)?
    Any thoughts?
  2. Asta9

    Asta9 New commenter

    I don't think they should be making that kind of judgement. I think it means they consider the reaons why different techniques are used. For example looking to see how one technique is used for different reasons and creates different effects in two poems. Or how one idea is portrayed using different techniques in two poems.
  3. gruoch

    gruoch Established commenter

    I disagree. I used to mark Lit(H) and that was exactly what the best papers did. An A* is looking for a sophisticated response. Comparing the effect of metaphor in two poems isn't A* material.
  4. tiredzzz

    tiredzzz New commenter

    I am a senior examiner for this paper. And comparing the effect of a metaphor in two poems could indeed be evaluative comaprison, if done effectively.
  5. tiredzzz

    tiredzzz New commenter

    You're correct, Asta!
  6. OK, but what does 'evaluative comparison' actually mean?

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