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Gcse English Online Presentation


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Gcse English Online Presentation

  1. 1. GCSE English/English Literature Be informed: What your son/daughter should be doing to revise for their exams & what you can do to help.
  2. 2. GCSE English/English Literature   What is in each exam and when are they?   English Literature – Tuesday 25th May (1 ¾ hours)   Section A – Short Stories   Section B – Armitage, Duffy, Pre-1914 Poetry   English Paper 1 – Tuesday 8th June (1 ¾ hours)   Section A – Non-Fiction & Media Texts   Section B – Writing to Argue, Persuade, Advise   English Paper 2 – Thursday 10th June (1 ½ hours)   Section A – Poetry From Different Cultures   Section B – Writing to Inform, Explain, Describe
  3. 3. GCSE English/English Literature   If you want to know more about anything mentioned this evening, please ask! Use the chat box in the bottom left of your screen…   There are some other teachers online right now who will answer as many questions as they can.   If your question is not answered please don’t worry. Just send your child’s English teacher an e-mail and they will answer any queries that you may have.   I will put all of the departments e-mail addresses up at the end of the presentation.
  4. 4. GCSE English/English Literature   What should your son/daughter be doing at the moment to get ready for their exams?   They should be revising already…this will need to be planned – they are taking multiple subjects many of which have more than one exam.   You can help them by discussing their revision plan – help them set one up on a calendar – on paper, online or on their mobile phone.   For English/English Literature there is a lot of content – at this stage they should be revising the materials in the AQA Anthology as much as possible.   Reading will not suffice though – encourage them to make posters, mind-maps, charts, flash cards etc – revision needs to be active!
  5. 5. GCSE English/English Literature   What are we doing to in school to help get your son/ daughter ready for their exams?   At the moment all Year 11 classes are finishing off learning any poems that they have not covered.   Every Friday they are having a Paper 1 Skills Lesson to revise for and prepare for this exam.   Each week they receive a homework from this lesson in the form of a past exam question.   You can help by asking about this and making sure that they are doing it.
  6. 6. GCSE English/English Literature   What will we be offering in the near future?   On Wednesday 7th April there will be an all day revision session for students who are on the C/D borderline.   There will be 4 follow up sessions after the Easter Break   Letters will be sent out at the end of this week.   There will also be sessions after the Easter break for those students who could achieve a B grade.   Again letters will go out to parents of these students.   Similarly, we have identified the students we believe are capable of achieving an A* - there is to be a double session on Wednesday 31st March for these students and one follow-up session on .   Again, a letter will be sent out.
  7. 7. GCSE English/English Literature   3 ways to revise short stories:   Write a 200 word summary of each of the short stories that you have studied. Then reduce the summary to 100 words. Then reduce it to key words.   Make a chart with the key themes along the top / stories down the side – fill in the chart with notes about how each story fits in with each theme.   Each story uses “Extended Metaphors” – create a poster or mind-map that shows what each metaphor is and how they develop within each story. Include quotes to add detail.
  8. 8. GCSE English/English Literature   3 ways to revise poetry:   Using the following themes: Death, Loss, Love, Relationships, Growing Up, Isolation – list all the poems that can fit under each one.   Create comparison grids for sets of 4 poems – in each box write down how the poem compares with one of the others and write down 2 key quotes you could use to support your points.   For each poem write down a key quote and then explain what we learn from the quote. (This is a good “flash-card” exercise)
  9. 9. GCSE English/English Literature   3 ways to revise non-fiction & media texts:   Read as many media texts as possible including the backs of Cereal Boxes, biographies, news articles, magazines, posters, web pages.   Read over your completed skills homework – where you didn’t get full marks – do the task again and re-submit it.   Create a list of persuasive devices – write down what they do and find examples of them. (another good flash-card exercise)
  10. 10. GCSE English/English Literature   3 ways to revise poetry from different cultures:   For each poem you have studied write down what you learn about the specific culture the poet is writing about.   This is “language” so you must have an understanding of the techniques used – explore these by creating mind-maps or posters.   Layout and structure are also important.   For layout draw the shape of each poem – annotate this explaining what it represents'   For structure – write down what the purpose of each stanza is? What unusual patterns can you see?
  11. 11. GCSE English/English Literature   3 ways to revise writing:   Practice using devices and the senses in your descriptive writing by describing your own house at breakfast or dinner time.   Use Sam Learning to practice your spelling, punctuation and grammar.   Write a leaflet to your fellow students advising them about the benefits of revising – offer them practical ideas about how to do it.
  12. 12. GCSE English/English Literature   If you send us an e-mail we send you a copy of this booklet:
  13. 13. GCSE English/English Literature   Revising offline:
  14. 14. GCSE English/English Literature   Revising offline:   Revising online:   AQA Anthology   The VLE   Posters   GCSE Bitesize English   Mind-mapping   GCSE Bitesize English Lit   Charts   Sam Learning   Flash cards   Buzan Mind-maps   Practice essays    Past papers    Practice writing tasks    CGP Revision Guides    York Notes (for Poetry)
  15. 15. GCSE English/English Literature   Revising online: - click on the link for the VLE - or go straight to this address Or Google “Chalfonts Community College!
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  19. 19. GCSE English/English Literature   Revising using your iPod touch / iPhone or other Smartphone:
  20. 20. GCSE English/English Literature   Revising using your iPod touch / iPhone or other Smartphone:
  21. 21. GCSE English/English Literature Department E-mail: G1 –  K1 –  G2 –   (Leader for KS4 English)  G3 –  K2 –  (Head of English)  K3 –  G4 –  K4 –  G5 –  K5 –  G6 –  K6 –