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GCSE English Literature (Grades 1-9) Component 1 Unseen Exam [Eduqas] QUESTION

Discussion in 'English' started by Antinko, Feb 9, 2016.

  1. Antinko

    Antinko New commenter


    My department is using Eduqas for GCSE English Literature and the Component 1 is an unseen exam, i.e. no texts to be taken into the exam. The questions for both parts of the exam (Shakespeare and Poetry) involve an extract question (simple enough) and an unseen question which requires whole text knowledge.

    I was just wondering what sort of responses students are going to be expected to produce? Are they going to be expected to memorise quotations or, when it says about making close reference to the text, do they mean paraphrasing/just having a comprehensive knowledge of characters, events and themes?

    Thanks in advance!
  2. MissHallEnglish

    MissHallEnglish Occasional commenter Forum guide and community helper

    We are trying to encourage our students to memorise quotations, a couple for each character, plus for key scenes. Obviously, if in an exam students can only paraphrase, then that's all they can do. I think the lower ability students will make more use of the paraphrasing. I think they'll be heavily penalised for not referring to the text at all.

    Same with the poetry.

    It's a tall order, admittedly! Our students are incredibly daunted.
  3. CandysDog

    CandysDog Established commenter

  4. CandysDog

    CandysDog Established commenter

    Teachers' Guide link (because I had to add the link one-by-one on my iPad and ran out of editing time).
  5. defenceagainstthedarkarts

    defenceagainstthedarkarts Occasional commenter

    Paraphrases are fine.

    I would also encourage memorising brief, preferably one word quotations - things like "tupping"; "vile submission"; "brave Macbeth".

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