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Scholarship English

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

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