English Literature Exam Prep Ocr

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English Literature Exam Prep Ocr

  1. 1. English Literature<br />A Revision Guide<br />
  2. 2. 2 Exams – 70%<br />(Coursework folder – 30%)<br />
  3. 3. Drama – 1 of 3 questions in 45 min.<br />
  4. 4. Poetry & Prose – 90 min.1 question of 3 on each text<br />Opening Lines<br />
  5. 5. Overview Strategy<br />Multi-pass exposure to the source texts over time<br />Familiarity with Question structures<br />Familiarity with timed response structures<br />Awareness of Mark Schemes<br />Review of all class notes & text annotations<br />Online study guide reading<br />Consolidation of class notes & further research<br />Practise planning under timed conditions<br />Practise writing under timed conditions<br />Review and assessment of answers using marking criteria.<br />
  6. 6. Drama<br />Identify key moments in the play and re-read them<br />Consider Sherriff’sSTAGECRAFT and EFFECT on the audience<br />Consider the context in which the play was written & 1st performed<br />Review all primary characters<br />Review relationships between characters<br />Review key themes and how they are examined through the play.<br />
  7. 7. Poetry<br />Review annotations on ALL of the poems in the collection<br />Actively seek to link poems together based on –<br />Themes<br />Imagery<br />Characterization and narrative perspective<br />Tone and attitude towards the war<br />Make sure you are able to identify the EFFECT of form<br />Use past paper question structures to create new tasks<br />Practise planning quickly<br />Use a word bank of poetic terminology and comparative discourse markers.<br />
  8. 8. Prose<br />Review all class notes on the novella<br />Don’t make the mistake of assuming familiarity with this text!<br />Consider the pros/cons of the passage vs. the whole text questions<br />Use past papers to organise your revision for this question<br />Review all primary characters<br />Review relationships between characters (& creatures!)<br />Review key themes and how they are examined in the novella<br />
  9. 9. Basic Literature Essay Structure<br />Introduction<br />Directly respond to the title key terms and present a clear opinion and position which you will justify in the remainder of your essay<br />Main Body<br />With close reference to your primary text(s) present a well evidenced argument to support the position (close exemplification & brief embedded quotation)<br />
  10. 10. Basic Literature Essay Structure<br />Main Body cont.<br />Make sure each paragraph begins with a topic sentence that relates back to the essay title key terms<br />Use discourse markers of argument (& comparison if relevant)<br />Take the opportunity to demonstrate your appreciation of context where relevant in answering the question<br />
  11. 11. Basic Literature Essay Structure<br />Main Body cont.<br />In the Drama / Prose responses, aim to make 4-5 good points that support your position, using several points in the Play / Novella<br />In the Poetry response, place an equal weighting on each of the poems you are analysing and base your answer on closely observed details from the texts – no vague, unsupported opinions<br />
  12. 12. Basic Literature Essay Structure<br />Conclusion<br />Return to the title’s key terms and aim to make a final ‘applause cue’ statement which reasserts your previously stated position but with a broader and more sophisticated appreciation of this text’s contextual influences<br />The conclusion should be brief and focused – don’t bleed off into bland praise for the text or its author!<br />
  13. 13. If in doubt…<br />Re-read the question<br />Think before you plan<br />Plan before you write<br />Check what you’ve written<br />Put the time in BEFORE the night before!<br />

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