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Year 11 Poetry AQA Relationships cluster

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Abigail El-Bekai

on 26 November 2012

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Transcript of Year 11 Poetry AQA Relationships cluster

Year 11 AQA Anthology
Poetry cluster: Relationships The Poetry Exam
1 hour 15 minutes Unit 2: Poetry across time
35% Section A Section B 18 marks
Worth 12%
Answer 1 compulsory question
Responding to an unseen poem 36 marks
Worth 23%
Choice of 2 questions - ANSWER ONE QUESTION
Compare a named poem to a poem of your choice from the cluster How the exam works The exam lasts 1 hour and 15 minutes
You are advised to spend 45 minutes on Section A and 30 minutes on Section B
You are not allowed an anthology with notes or annotations. The anthology provided will be clean.
You will be given a separate answer booklet to write your answers in, along with the exam paper.
The front of the exam paper will feature instructions you should follow - read these instructions carefully
Make sure you have ALL materials needed for the exam and that you are given the HIER TIER exam booklet. Sample Question Section A Q1 Compare how a relationship is presented in Hour and one other poem in from 'Relationships'


Q2 Compare how poets present strong emotions in Quickdraw and one other poem from 'Relationships' Read both questions carefully
Pick the question you feel you will confidently answer well
Re-read the question you have picked
Underline or highlight key words (includes themes, command words etc.)
The question will give you the title of a named poem from the cluster. Pick a poem from the anthology which RELATES to the named poem well - one which you can draw easy comparisons (don't just pick a poem because it is your favourite!)
Look up the poems in the anthology; turn over the corners of the pages so you can find them again quickly How to gain marks 1. Give your thoughts and opinions on the poems, supporting them with quotations and evidence from the text
2. Explain features like form, structure and language
3. Describe similarities and differences between the poems Sample Question Section A Q1 Compare how a relationship is presented in Hour and one other poem in from 'Relationships'


Q2 Compare how poets present strong emotions in Quickdraw and one other poem from 'Relationships' Command word: compare Possible theme: relationships Named poem Choose one poem from relationships cluster Command words: compare and present Possible theme: strong emotions Named poem Importance of planning Best advice you can get Planning an essay is crucial when writing essays (in exam conditions and for coursework too!)
ALWAYS start your essay with a plan; this becomes like a roadmap for your essay, it tells you where to go and what you will do
A good plan will help you structure your response; your ideas will be best organised in the form of a plan
Spend no longer than 5 minutes planning - you should be practising plans in timed conditions Have a go at planning a question of your choice Task Some examples Plan in a way that works best for you
There are a number of ways you can plan; here are some examples three Linear Table Bubble two one Plan: poem 1: Quickdraw
Poem 2: Sister Maude 1. Introduction
Thesis statement - one sentence which encapsulates your entire argument - which will be explored in the essay
comparison: both poems present strong emotions surrounding a relationship 2. Language
Poem 1: emotive, violent language, use of alliteration
Poem 2: emotive, negative language and use of alliteration 3. Structure and form
Poem 1: use of repetition 'and this ... and this..." emphasises hurt, use of enjambment - sounds breathless - effect on reader
Poem 2: repetition is also used - Maude's name; emphasises blame. Use of end-stopped lines - sound of fury - effect on reader 4. Feelings and attitudes
Poem 1: pain, hurt, tension
Poem 2: angry, bitter, hurt?
Effect on reader? 5. Conclusion
Summary of comparisons Poem 1 Quickdraw
Poem 2: Sister Maude Introduction Use of Language Structure and form Feelings and attitudes Conclusion Introduction Form Types of lang Attitudes and feelings Poem 1 Poem 2 Conclusion A* responses 1. Know your texts in depth
2. Look closely at language
Pay close attention to use of language
Analyse effects on the reader
Use technical terms where possible
Develop your ideas
3. Give alternate interpretations
Show that a poem can be interpreted in more than one way
Be original with your ideas - you get marks for a personal response (as long as you support it with evidence)
4. Support your ideas with details from the text
Keep it relevant
Be selective with the quotes you choose - choose CAREFULLY
Don't quote large chunks of text
Explain the quotes you use as well as the effect on the reader 5. Show wider knowledge
Context is not necessary but carefully chosen information might impress your examiner
6. Use sophisticated language
Writing needs to be concise, accurate and clear
Show an impressive range of vocabulary
Vary sentence structure
Avoid repetition
7. Use technical terms where possible
More importantly, use CORRECT technical terms
8. Proofread your work carefully
Check for errors in spelling, punctuation and grammar
Leave yourself 5 minutes at the end of the exam to proofread, putting a neat line through any mistakes with the correction above Over to you You are now going to be given a sample A-grade response and a mark scheme
In groups of 2-3, highlight areas you feel could be improved
You are looking to turn the A-grade to an A* grade - how will you do this?
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