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  • 1. Supporting your child to raise their attainment Standard Grade English
  • 2. How do we arrive at the final grade?
    • 1/3 Reading: 3 folio pieces + exam
    • 1/3 Writing: 2 folio pieces + exam
    • 1/3 Talking: Solo and group, internally assessed
    • See handout: Standard Grade English Pupil Guide Sheet
  • 3. What does the exam involve?
    • Reading: 2 papers : General and Credit, or, General and Foundation
    • Each worth 50 marks
    • 50 minutes
    • Unseen text with questions
    • No dictionaries or support materials
    • Writing: 1 paper:
    • 1 hour 15 minutes
    • Graded 1-6, same paper for all
    • Choose one essay
    • Writing for a range of purposes
  • 4. Knowing where to target effort
    • Work smart, not just hard
    • Self assessment and reflection
    • Prelim feedback
  • 5. Close Reading strategies
    • Newspapers / novels
    • Vocabulary games and activities ( Scrabble and Balderdash )
    • Handout with info /strategies
    • Books: Bright Red book
  • 6. Writing paper
    • Planning
    • Practise
    • Genre markers: handout
    • Success Criteria sheets
    • SPAG
  • 7. Web resources
    • http://www.ltscotland.org.uk/studyskills/index.asp
    • http://www.bbc.co.uk/scotland/learning/bitesize/standard/english/
    • http://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/38989.html
    • http://www.rhsenglish.com/p/s3s4-standard-grade.html
    • http://www.chompchomp.com
    • www.timesspellingbee.co.uk
    • http://www.kilmarnockacademy.co.uk/pupilenglish1of10.htm
    • Twitter: NairnEnglish
    • Nairn Academy website
  • 8. Books and revision materials
    • Language Skills booklets : £2.50
    • Bright Red book : see publisher’s display
    • Past papers
    • How to Pass Standard Grade English
    • Yellow booklets
  • 9. Reading lists
    • http://www.thebookbag.co.uk
    • http://www.lovereading4kids.co.uk/genre/14/14-plus-readers.html
    • http://www5.scholastic.co.uk/zone/book_home.htm
    • http://www.collegeboard.com/student/plan/boost-your-skills/23628.html
  • 10. What parents can do…
    • Help your son/daughter organize a study timetable and develop a study/revision routine.
    • Ensure that he/she has the opportunity to study and revise.
    • Ensure that he/she has a suitable study environment.
    • Ensure that he/she is exposed to the types and levels of language that will be encountered in the exam. In simple terms, they should have access to literature, “quality” newspapers, TV documentaries/the news and TV drama/ even Wildlife on One!
    • Monitor and discuss the work they are covering – don't settle for “fine” but get them to explain things to you.
    • Provide encouragement.
    • Provide incentives and sanctions.
    • Help to motivate by identifying career/FE options and by establishing entry requirements for these as early as possible so they have an incentive, a target and a tangible reward.
    • Ask your children about their set homework and be aware of ongoing homework and deadlines
  • 11. Some useful study /revision tips
    • Always remember the positive reasons for doing homework/ revision (e.g. pride, satisfaction, achievement, self-development, confidence, knowledge, opportunity, job-choice, freedom...... and money).
    • Develop a routine and develop the self-discipline to stick to that routine.
    • Don't do too much of one subject at the one time.
    • Take a break - but make sure that you have done something to deserve it!
    • Get the least pleasant tasks out of the way first - save the more interesting activities till last.
    • Do your homework and revision as early as possible (e.g. from 4pm till 5pm or 6pm till 7pm) so that you have some leisure time to look forward to.
    • Complete homework activities at least a day before the deadline.
    • Break revision down into manageable segments - it's better to do small amounts on a regular basis than try to learn it all at once.
  • 12. The next stage…
    • Higher entrance grades: credit in reading and writing elements
    • 3-4 hours homework per week, outside class
    • Ability to work independently
    • Commitment
    • Love of literature
    • Intermediate or Higher over 2 years
    • Careers and university entrance
  • 13. Any Questions?