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The Hemingway Question

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An exam preparation slideshow for Year 11 students about to sit the OCR English GCSE examination

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The Hemingway Question

  1. 1. The Hemingway Question<br />The Last Piece of the Puzzle<br />
  2. 2. Choice of 2 Questions<br />Passage based<br />or<br />Whole text<br />
  3. 3. Type of task<br />Open text<br />Clean copy<br />35 minutes<br />
  4. 4. Both questions are ‘HOW’ focused<br />They require an understanding of:<br />Characters<br />Relationships<br />Themes<br />Hemingway’s writing style <br />
  5. 5. Passage based question<br />200-300 word extract<br />Requires close study of Hemingway’s content and language<br />You must also connect the passage to the rest of the novella<br />
  6. 6. ‘How does Hemingway reveal ( ) here and in the rest of the novel?’<br />
  7. 7. ‘How does Hemingway portray ( ) here and in the rest of the novel?’<br />
  8. 8. ‘In what ways does Hemingway’s writing hereadd to your understanding of ( )?’<br />
  9. 9. ‘How does the ( ) in this passageconfirm what you have learned earlier in the novel?’<br />
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  13. 13. Whole text question<br />Requires you to draw connections between 3 or more sections of the novel that address the topic given<br />Use brief, embedded quotation to support your ideas <br />
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  18. 18. Pitfall to avoid<br />Time wasted by flicking through the text to find relevant sections<br />
  19. 19. Solution<br />Know the text better!<br />Use specific illustrative example from memory as well as quotation – it’s quicker<br />
  20. 20. Pitfalls to avoid<br />Failure to answer the question set and slip into retelling rather than analysing the text<br />
  21. 21. Solution<br />Annotate the question<br />Plan your answer briefly and stick to the plan<br />Remember that the examiner knows the text as well as you do or better so you don’t need to explain the plot!<br />
  22. 22. Pitfalls to avoid<br />Inability to offer a full answer in the limited time available<br />
  23. 23. Solution<br />It is unlikely that you WILL be able to offer a full answer – and because it’s the 1st of 3 questions on the paper, you are in danger of eating into time you don’t have so use a 5 paragraph plan - <br />
  24. 24. The 5 Paragraph Plan – Passage<br />P1 – Thesis that directly addresses the topic<br />P2/3 – commentary that support your thesis, illustrated by close textual reference to the language and content of the passage<br />P4 – Commentary from other sections of the novel that also support your topic-based thesis<br />P5 – Conclusion that revisits the thesis and acknowledges its significance to Hemingway’s themes and interests<br />
  25. 25. The 5 Paragraph Plan – Whole text<br />P1 – Thesis that directly addresses the topic<br />P2/3/4 – 3 points that support your thesis, illustrated by close textual reference from different sections of the novel<br />P5 – Conclusion that revisits the thesis and acknowledges its significance to Hemingway’s themes and interests<br />
  26. 26. Other Preparation Strategies<br />Multi pass reading<br />Review all notes<br />Visit Study Guide sites<br />Question prediction<br />Plan under timed conditions<br />

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