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Presentational Devices

For anyone uncertain of how to tackle the presentational devices section of the Non-Fiction Reading section of the English Literature Examination – here is a quick guide:

Exam Marking Schedules

You’ve now received the marked papers for your mock exam – you can access the marking schedules from the following link to see what is expected and identify your areas for improvement.

Mock Exam Marking Schedule

Annotated Practise Answer (2) to GCSE English Literature – Touching the Void

The following papers were completed in 35 minutes in class in response to the prior GCSE English Language question:

What is the significance of the title of “Touching the Void”?

Annotated Practise Answer (1) to GCSE English Literature – Touching the Void

The following papers were completed in 35 minutes in class in response to the prior GCSE English Language question:

What is the significance of the title of “Touching the Void”?

Essay Practice

As a moment of coalescence in the process of responding to the novel “Touching the Void” the students have two periods to write an essay using questions from prior exam papers. The essay will then be marked  and used as a basis for an essay writing development workshop next week.

The students could select from the following Questions:

Foundation:

How does Simpson show how difficult it was for him on the mountain after he was injured?

or

How does the writer portray Simon in the book?

Higher

Choose a passage from the book which you find especially tense or exciting. Write about the methods Simpson uses to create tension or excitement in this passage.

or

What is the significance of the title in “Touching the Void”?

Touching the Void – Closer to the Text – Homework

These questions were started in class but need to be completed for homework. The idea being that the answer to the second question about tense can be expanded to allow a comparison with the film – which is more effective, and why?