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  • 1. The English Scholarship Exam
  • 2. What is the Scholarship exam?
    • A monetary award
    • No credits
    • Not a qualification
    • Challenging standards
    • Most able students in each subject
    • You must be able to:
    • Demonstrate high-level critical thinking, abstraction and generalisation
    • Integrate, synthesise and apply knowledge, skills, understanding and ideas to complex situations.
  • 3.
    • An exam at the end of the year that is seen to be the highest level a secondary school student can achieve
    • There are 3 grades for Scholarship: Not Achieved (A), Scholarship (S) and Outstanding Scholarship (O)
    • Only about 2-3% of all students entered for NCEA Level 3 will achieve Scholarship; fewer than 1% will achieve Outstanding Scholarship
    • There are monetary awards for success- between $500 and $30 000
  • 4. $$$$ The awards: Premier Scholars - at least three Scholarships at Outstanding level: $10,000 each year for three years Outstanding Scholar Award - a minimum of 3 Scholarships (at least 2 at 'Outstanding' level or more than 3 Scholarships with at least 1 at Outstanding level) - $5,000 each year for three years Top Subject Scholar (multiple awards)- the top performer in each subject : $2,000 each year for three years Scholarship Award - three or more Scholarships subjects - $2,000 each year for three years Single Subject Awards - 1 or 2 Scholarships - A 'one-off' award of $500 per subject
  • 5. WHAT IS IN THE ENGLISH SCHOLARSHIP EXAM?
    • SECTION A: a close analysis of two texts, often different in genre, but with a point of commonality
    • SECTION B: an in depth analysis of one or a number of texts from one particular genre
    • SECTION C: an in depth analysis of a number of texts from a number of genres
    • All three sections require essay answers of more than 800 words each
  • 6.
    • How the paper is marked:
    • Constant checks within the marking team
    • 4 Performance Descriptors
    • Each essay is out of 8 points
    • The top two Performance Descriptors
    • (1 and 2) gain Scholarship
    • Your record of Scholarship results will show:
    • - The Performance Descriptor which best fitted your paper
    • - The ‘ cut off ’
  • 7. WHAT SKILLS SHOULD YOU HAVE?
    • High level critical thinking, abstraction and generalisation, and
    • Ability to integrate, synthesise and apply knowledge, skills, understanding and ideas to complex situations.
    • Comprehensive content knowledge;
    • Effective communication;
    • Original or sophisticated solutions, performances or approaches;
    • Critical evaluation;
    • Flexible thinking in unfamiliar/unexpected contexts.
  • 8. WHAT SHOULD YOU BE ABLE TO DO?
    • Write fluently: excellent vocabulary, structure and style
    • Apply a knowledge of English: grammar, literary techniques, syntax, style, structure, effect
    • Cross-reference: not just to other texts, but also to other fields of study and to past and present societies
    • Apply other knowledge to texts
    • Be aware of author ’ s purpose
  • 9.
    • Outstanding Performance - Performance Descriptor 1
    • The student will:
    • Demonstrate extensive knowledge of texts and methods used in crafting them .
    • Respond critically with mature ideas and independent reflection.
    • Demonstrate an exceptional level of sustained critical response showing consistent ability to synthesise knowledge, understanding and argument.
  • 10.
    • Scholarship - Performance Descriptor 2
    • The student will:
    • Demonstrate extensive knowledge of texts and methods used in crafting them.
    • Respond critically with mature ideas and independent reflection.
    • Sustain coherent , substantiated and engaging argument.
  • 11.
    • Performance Descriptor 3
    • The student will:
    • Demonstrate extensive knowledge of texts and methods used in crafting them.
    • Respond critically with mature ideas and independent reflection.
    • Demonstrate coherent and substantiated argument.
    • Performance Descriptor 4
    • The student will:
    • Demonstrate knowledge of texts and methods used in crafting them.
    • Respond critically with some mature ideas and independent reflection.
    • Demonstrate coherent and substantiated argument.
  • 12. Demanding text and questions - It is not necessarily the complexity of the text but how you respond that makes it demanding. Respond critically … initiate an alternative reading or application of theory; take a fresh approach to accepted interpretations; challenge the reader ’ s understandings; apply or deconstruct theoretical models. Knowledge of methods used in crafting … such as structure, style, layout, delivery techniques, figurative language, editing, method of narration, rhetorical devices, sound effects, dramatic techniques, characterisation, costume and scripting.
  • 13. Section A Close Reading of Unfamiliar Texts – a technical comparison of two written texts, one poetry, one prose, with an emphasis on content and crafting .
  • 14.
    • Section A - Tips for success:
    • Use the guidelines in the question
    • Include wider discussion of the themes/ideas too.
    • Avoid listing technique and effect ; look holistically at each piece
    • Read the introductory paragraph
    • Keep answer balanced across both texts
  • 15.
    • Section B
    • Response to Literature and Language
    • A response to literature / language which you have studied.
    • If you choose short texts, it must involve at least two.
    • Genre-based questions
    • Do not repeat material across Sections B and C
    Shakespeare, novel, film, TV, poetry, short stories, theatre, aspects of language, journalism, non-fiction, online texts…
  • 16.
    • Section C
    • Exploring Issues in Literature and Language
    • an exploration of issues in literature / language studied.
    ***Thesis-driven , not text driven
  • 17.
    • Sections B and C - Tips for Success:
    • Focus on the question
    • Sustain your response to it throughout
    • Don ’ t skew the question
    • Address ALL parts , including quotations
    • Draw up parameters for discussion
    • Link texts
  • 18.
    • Revision :
    • Practice planning
    • Map the links across all your texts
    • Use exemplars / models to analyse and compare against your own work
    • Practice framing the thesis in introductions
    • Text choice – knowledge and personal response
  • 19.
    • Final advice:
    • - More than 800 words
    • - 1 hour per essay
    • Address the chosen topic throughout
    • Central thesis , especially in Section C
    • - Evidence , quotations…
    • Read all questions first
    • Enthusiasm, personal engagement, critical response