English

Year 11

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GCSE revision: Text type, audience and purpose


When composing responses for the GCSE reading and writing sections it is important for students to understand TAP – Text type, Audience and Purpose. Knowing the type of text, for example an article, leaflet or speech will help the student to show the examiner that they are aware of various conventions of writing.When a student understands who will be reading their work, i.e. the Audience they can focus their writing on ensuring that the style they adopt will communicate ideas effectively.Finally, the student has to display that they know the features of different Purposes of writing, they therefore need to be familiar with the conventions of writing to persuade, argue, entertain and so forth. This unit explains the whole process of TAP and allows students the chance to practice their skills.

GCSE audience

To identify the term audience, to identify different audiences and to practise writing for different audiences.

GCSE purpose

To explain the term purpose, to identify different purposes of writing and to practise writing for different purposes.

GCSE text type

To explain the term text type, to identify different text types required for GCSE and to write text in the style of a particular text type.

GCSE responding to exam style texts

To independently identify text type, audience and purpose of a text, to independently respond to interesting uses of language in a text and to use PEE to respond to exam style questions.

GCSE audience and language

To identify a range formal and informal language techniques, to develop a formal writing style and to develop an informal writing style.

GCSE writer’s viewpoint subjective-objective

To identify punctuation and how it can the alter meaning, to identify and explain the use of language devices and to develop poetry writing techniques.

GCSE revision: Writing styles


Students have to be competent in a range of writing activities to be fully prepared for the examination.In this series of lessons, we look at the features of a range of writing conventions, ranging from formal and informal letters, to autobiographical writing. We will then help students to improve their descriptive writing techniques, to include examining what makes a successful description, to practising how to create tone, setting and atmosphere.

GCSE formal and informal letters

To identify different purposes of letters and explain how this might affect the style in which they are written, to identify the differences between formal and informal letters and to practise writing in the style of a formal letter.

GCSE autobiography

To suggest appropriate themes and ideas, to discuss how these themes and ideas could be presented and to practise presenting these themes and ideas in creative writing.

GCSE descriptive writing (i)

To identify features needed to write effective descriptions and to write an effective description.

GCSE descriptive writing (ii)

To identify and explain success criteria, to identify descriptive writing techniques and to practise using descriptive writing techniques.

GCSE creating setting and mood

To explore how different features affect setting and atmosphere, to create setting and atmosphere in your writing and to review and comment on each other’s work.

GCSE creating tone and voice

To identify an appropriate tone and voice, to discuss how tone and voice could be achieved and to practise creating tone and voice in writing.

GCSE revision: Using quotations and evidence


This unit has at its focus the skills that students will require to sit their GCSE English Language examination.We help students to retrieve and locate information quickly from a text, this is very useful when working under time pressure in an examination.Students also need to know how to structure answers to provide the evidence examiners wish to have. We look at how to set out and embed quotations in responses.Students will be given the opportunity to practise these skills throughout this course.

GCSE understanding meanings and using quotations

To demonstrate clear understanding of surface meanings, to demonstrate detailed understanding using quotations and to develop perceptive understanding through thoughtful explanations.

GCSE locating and retrieving information

To locate key points and information, to explain key points in your own words and to apply PEE in your answers.

GCSE creating PEE paragraphs

To explain the importance of using PEE paragraphs, to set out quotations properly in a PEE response and to practise writing PEE responses.

GCSE Using quotations

To define and comprehend the use of quotations to support understanding, to locate quotations as evidence in a text and to respond to questions that require the use of quotations as evidence.

GCSE responding to exam style questions

To independently identify text type, audience and purpose of a text, to independently respond to interesting uses of language in a text and to use PEE to respond to exam style questions.

GCSE locating information

To identify question conventions, to locate relevant information from example texts and to respond independently to exam style questions.

GCSE revision: The writer’s techniques - using language effectively


Examiners give credit for the use of ambitious vocabulary to aid effective description.In this unit we focus on a wide range of skills with language to ensure that the student communicates clearly and effectively.We look at skills necessary to cover the reading section where students are required to examine excerpts from texts and comment on how effective they are. This includes the use of technical language examiners will expect.The unit is also helpful for the writing section of GCSE, so that students can adopt the language features they learn about and use them in their own responses.

GCSE language features

To examine how language is used to create effects at word level, to examine how language is used to create effects at sentence level and to examine how language is used in an exemplar text.

Language to describe

To examine example texts, to respond to example questions and to evaluate your responses using assessment criteria.

How writers use language for effect

To identify question conventions, to examine examples of effective language and to respond independently to exam style questions.

Comparing writers’ techniques (i)

To explain the skills of ‘compare’ and ‘contrast,’ to practise comparing and contrasting and to compare and contrast two texts.

Comparing writers’ techniques (ii)

To identify question conventions, to make judgements about texts and to respond independently to exam style questions.

Evaluating the writer’s use of language

To examine the assessment criteria, to read a question and a text for meaning and to practise writing an evaluative response.

GCSE revision: Assessment objectives - non -fiction paper


All examination boards now have six common assessment objectives. It is essential that students have a thorough understanding of all six objectives and how they relate to questions.This unit takes students through each assessment objective in turn. It examines the skills necessary to achieve the objectives and takes students through typical style questions, with opportunities to practise skills and examine exemplar answers.

AO1 Non- fiction

To examine AO1 and its requirements, to read a question and a text for meaning and to practice writing exam style answers to cover AO1.

AO2 Non-fiction

To examine AO1 (summary) and its requirements, to read a question and a text for meaning and to practice writing exam style answers to cover AO1.

AO2 Non-fiction

To examine AO2 Q3 and its requirements, to read a question and a text for meaning and to practice writing exam style answers to cover AO2.

AO3 Non-fiction

To examine AO3 and its requirements, to read a question and a text for meaning and to practice writing exam style answers to cover AO3.

AO5 Non-fiction

To examine AO5 and its requirements, to read a question and a text for meaning and to practice writing exam style answers to cover AO5.

AO6 Non-fiction

To examine AO6 and its requirements, to read a question and a text for meaning and to practice writing exam style answers to cover AO6.

GCSE revision: Assessment objectives - fiction paper


All examination boards now have six common assessment objectives. It is essential that students have a thorough understanding of all six objectives and how they relate to questions.This unit takes students through each assessment objective in turn. It examines the skills necessary to achieve the objectives and takes students through typical style questions, with opportunities to practise skills and examine exemplar answers.

AO1 Fiction

To examine AO1 and its requirements, to read a question and a text for meaning, and to practice writing exam style answers to cover AO1

AO2 Fiction

To examine AO2 (language) and its requirements, to read a question and a text for meaning and to practice writing exam style answers to cover AO2.

AO2 Fiction

To examine AO2 (structure) and its requirements, to read a question and a text for meaning and to examine exemplar responses and to practise writing answers.

AO4 Fiction

To examine AO4 and its requirements, to read a question and a text for meaning and to examine exemplar responses and to practise writing answers.

AO5 Fiction

To examine AO5 and AO6 and their requirements, to consider the structure of a creative writing task and to consider how to approach writing a plan and plot for the creative writing task.

AO6 Fiction

To examine AO6 and its requirements, to read a question and a text for meaning and to practice writing exam style answers to cover AO6.

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