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  1. 1. THIS IS A NEW SPECIFICATION Released June 2011 For Assessment Submission January 2013 and June 2013 GCSE ENGLISH LANGUAGE A651 Extended Literary Text and Imaginative Writing* A 6 3 2 1 7 0 1 1 3 * CONTROLLED ASSESSMENT This assessment will be changed every year. Please check on OCR Interchange that you have the Controlled Assessment material valid for the appropriate assessment session. * A 6 5 1 * INSTRUCTIONS TO TEACHERS • Please refer to Section 4 of the English Language Specification and Guide to Controlled Assessment for instructions on completing the Controlled Assessment Tasks. • Candidates must complete one task from Section A and one task from Section B. • Section A is worth 30 marks. • Section B is worth 30 marks. • The total number of marks for this paper is 60. • For Section A, candidates are allowed up to 4 hours. • For Section B, candidates are allowed up to 4 hours. • Candidates may make use of copies of the texts, which must be unannotated, and their own notes as described in the Specification and Guide to Controlled Assessment. • This document consists of 8 pages. Any blank pages are indicated. Teachers are responsible for ensuring that assessment is carried out against the Controlled Assessment set for the relevant examination series (detailed above). Assessment evidence produced that does not reflect the relevant examination series will not be accepted. © OCR 2011 [T/600/3281] OCR is an exempt Charity DC (LEO) 42483/3 Turn over
  2. 2. 2 Section A Extended Literary Text THEMED TASK1 How does the writer create a memorable climax to a text you have studied?2 How does the writer of a text you have studied explore responses to rules and conventions? PROSE OR LITERARY NON-FICTION3 Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck How does Steinbeck explore different attitudes to women in the novel?4 Tsotsi by Athol Fugard How does Fugard present two or three significant turning points in the development of Tsotsi’s character?5 Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Why is the news of the elopement of Lydia and Wickham in Chapter 46 such an important moment and how does it affect what follows in the novel?6 The Withered Arm and other Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy How does Hardy make distinctions between social classes such an important issue in one or two of the stories from the collection you have studied?7 Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson How does Bryson present the features of two or three of his favourite English places?8 The Kindness of Strangers by Kate Adie How does Adie make her account of her experiences in Northern Ireland so striking?© OCR 2011 A651 Jan/Jun13
  3. 3. 3 DRAMA: WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE9 Romeo and Juliet How does Shakespeare present two or three of the older generation and their roles in the play’s tragic conclusion?10 Julius Caesar How does Shakespeare present the attitudes of Caesar and Brutus towards their wives, Calphurnia and Portia? POETRY: SELECTED POEMS11 Wilfred Owen How does Owen portray the experience of going to fight in two or three poems you have studied?12 Benjamin Zephaniah How do Zephaniah’s distinctive voices add to the impact of two or three of his poems?13 Carol Ann Duffy Explore how Duffy presents violence in any two or three of her poems.14 Simon Armitage Explore some of the ways Armitage presents relationships between parents and children in two or three of his poems.© OCR 2011 A651 Jan/Jun13 Turn over
  4. 4. 4 Section B Imaginative WritingTASK A: Personal and Imaginative Writing1 Write about a time in your life when you experienced success OR failure OR both. AND Either2 (a) Write the words of a radio interview in which you answer three or four questions on ways of handling the pressures of success or failure.Or (b) Write an article for a school publication about someone who has enjoyed great success.Or (c) Write to a friend or family member who has experienced failure, putting the experience into perspective and suggesting ways forward.© OCR 2011 A651 Jan/Jun13
  5. 5. 5TASK B: Prose Fiction1 Write a story with the title “The Last Time”. AND Either2 (a) Write part of the biography or autobiography of a character from your story.Or (b) Write the words of an interview with one of the characters about what happens after the end of OR before the beginning of your story.Or (c) Write the words of an informative leaflet for visitors about the area in which your story is set.© OCR 2011 A651 Jan/Jun13
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  8. 8. 8Copyright InformationOCR is committed to seeking permission to reproduce all third-party content that it uses in its assessment materials. OCR has attempted to identify and contact all copyright holderswhose work is used in this paper. To avoid the issue of disclosure of answer-related information to candidates, all copyright acknowledgements are reproduced in the OCR CopyrightAcknowledgements Booklet. This is produced for each series of examinations and is freely available to download from our public website ( after the live examination series.If OCR has unwittingly failed to correctly acknowledge or clear any third-party content in this assessment material, OCR will be happy to correct its mistake at the earliest possibleopportunity.For queries or further information please contact the Copyright Team, First Floor, 9 Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 1GE.OCR is part of the Cambridge Assessment Group; Cambridge Assessment is the brand name of University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES), which is itself adepartment of the University of Cambridge.© OCR 2011 A651 Jan/Jun13