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Challenging The Most Able: GCSE Lit

Discussion in 'English' started by pleasemiss__, Nov 24, 2018.

  1. pleasemiss__

    pleasemiss__ Occasional commenter

    2 or 3 of the children in my Y9 GCSE English Lit. group are producing evaluative/analytical essays demonstrating most/all of the criteria of a highest band response.

    Would you share advice on how you advance the progress of pupils of this high calibre during essay feedback lessons? I don’t want to limit them or waste their time with more of the same, you know?

    Do I ask them to make comparisons between another text? Or do I ask them to consider a reader response from a particular political/historical perspective?

    Any wisdom gratefully received.
  2. install

    install Star commenter

    Get them to peer mark some top set yr10 and yr11 essays - so that they start competing higher up. It might be good for some top yr10 and yr11 gps to also peer mark the yr 9 work. All healthy and competitive ...:):):)
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  3. roamingteacher

    roamingteacher Established commenter Forum guide

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  4. tb9605

    tb9605 Established commenter

    Like the ideas above. Can you set them wider-reading (critical, contextual or fictional) and ask them to incorporate references to these to illuminate their analysis of the original text? This is obviously easiest with poetry (and could be done in the lesson) - if analysing Anthem for a Doomed Youth then give them Exposure, for example. If it's a longer text, you might need to set the reading as extra homework.

    You could also get them to plan and deliver a lesson to the rest of the class.
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