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A Guide to YourEdexcel EnglishLanguage GCSEPaper 2Non-Fiction andTransactional Writing8th June 20181

Question 1 and 2Text 1Question 1 – 2 marksQuestion overview:You will be asked to identify two phrases from a given area in Text 1.Example Question:From lines 8 to 15, identify two ways in which things changed after Fazullah and the Taliban arrivedin Swat.Tips to answer Question 1:Only identify the phrases (two – three words)Use the words from the textMake sure you know where you are selecting your quotations from – ‘rule off’ the area givenQuestion 2 – 2 marksYou will be asked to select a quotation from the text (1 mark) and then explain clearly how thewriter has used language in your chosen quotation – (1 mark).Example question:Give one example from lines 24-31 of how the writer uses language to show that she felt the actionsof the Taliban were excessive.Example from the text: (1 mark)How the writer uses language: (1 mark)Tips to answer Question 2:Only identify the words/phrases (two – three words)Use the words from the textMake sure you know where you are selecting your quotations from – ‘rule off’ the area givenExplain clearly how the writer uses language to create an effect – link back to the question2

Question 3 – Text 1Question 3 – 15 marksQuestion Overview: You will be given a specific question about how the writer uses language andstructure to create a mood/idea. Use subject terminology in your response.Example Question:Analyse how the writer uses language and structure to engage the reader.Support your views with reference to the text.(Total for Question 15 marks)Your answer should look like this:12P – comment on the language used in the text to answer the questionE – use a quotation to support your pointE – explain what effect is created by the languageZ – ‘zoom in’ on a key word using subject terminologyA – analyse the effect of the key wordP – comment on the language used in the text to answer the questionE – use a quotation to support your pointE – explain what effect is created by the languageZ – ‘zoom in’ on a key word using subject terminologyA – analyse the effect of the key word3P – comment on the structure used in the text to answer the questionE – refer to the text to support your pointE – explain how the structure impacts the text and why you think it has been used4P – comment on the structure used in the text to answer the questionE – refer to the text to support your pointE – explain how the structure impacts the text and why you think it has been usedYou should be making points about:Language Subject TerminologyUse of:Powerful wordsAdjectivesAdverbsSemantic fieldDescriptive language – metaphor, simile,personification, alliteration, sibilance,onomatopoeia, etc.3Structure Subject TerminologyUse of:Paragraph lengths – long and shortShort sentencesJuxtapositionLong, complex sentencesEngaging punctuation - ! ; ?Sentence types: exclamative, declarative,interrogative, imperative

Question 4 & 5 – Text 2Question 4 – 1 markQuestion Overview:You’re asked to identify a phrase to answer the question from an allocated area within the text.Example question:From lines 6 to 9, identify the conditions in which prisoners are kept in Westerbork.Tips to Answer Question 4Only identify the phrases (two – three words)Use the words from the textMake sure you know where you are selecting your quotations from – ‘rule off’ the area givenQuestion 5 – 1 markQuestion Overview:You’re asked to explain how language is used in a given section of the text.Example question:In the example from lines 15 to 17, how does the writer use language to show their fear of theGestapo?Tips to Answer Question 5You need both a quotation and an explanationDo not just mention a language feature- explain the effect of the featureLink your answer back to the question4

Question 6 – Text 2Question 6– 15 marksQuestion Overview:You’re asked to evaluate HOW WELL a writer achieves something (for example, building a mood, ordeveloping an idea).Example question:In this extract, the writer tries to show how both she and others are affected by the war.Evaluate how successfully this is achieved.Support your views with detailed reference to the text.(15 marks)Tips to Answer Question 61. Focus on ‘how well’ not ‘how’2. Use evaluative language – opinion, judgement (see vocabulary boxes below)3. Focus on ideas, events, themes and settingsPlan:Aim for 4 points focused on the following areas:Setting: Evaluate how the choice of setting affects the work’s theme and mood.Ideas: What ideas or opinions are shown in the text? Evaluate the success of them.Theme: What is the writer trying to communicate overall? Evaluate the success of this.Events: Look at the plot’s development: Is there an opening, climax, resolution? Evaluate howsuccessfully the plot develops.REMEMBER SITE (Setting Ideas Themes Events) to ensure you cover everything5

Evaluative hLively12346Highly uperbAppropriateSufficientP – The SETTING in the text is effective/successful/inventive/ insert your opinion)E – Use a quotation to support your pointE – Explain your opinion and why you think the it is/isn’t successfulThis is successful/isn’t successful because D – Develop your ideas as much as you can, using subject terminology in your answerP – The IDEA of in the text is valid/controversial/exciting/successful. (insertyour opinion)E – Use a quotation to support your pointE – Explain your opinion and why you think the it is/isn’t successfulThis is successful/isn’t successful because D – Develop your ideas as much as you can, using subject terminology in your answerP – The THEME of in the text is interesting/dramatic/skilful/unusual (insertyour opinion)E – Use a quotation to support your pointE – Explain your opinion and why you think the it is/isn’t successfulThis is successful/isn’t successful because D – Develop your ideas as much as you can, using subject terminology in your answerP – An EVENT in the text that was unexpected/dramatic/frightening/ was E – Use a quotation to support your pointE – Explain your opinion and why you think the it is/isn’t successfulThis is successful/isn’t successful because D – Develop your ideas as much as you can, using subject terminology in your answer

Question 7a & 7b – Comparing Texts 1and 2Question 7a – 6 marksQuestion OverviewYou’re asked to compare the similarities between the texts focusing on the content.Example QuestionThe two texts both describe times of conflict. What similarities do Anne Frank and Malala Yousafzaishare in their experiences of conflict as shown in these extracts? Use evidence to support youranswer.(6 marks)Tips for Answering Question 7a 1237Aim for 2 or 3 similarities to justify ‘a range’Do not compare language techniques, compare contentUse comparison connectives: Similarly Likewise Both of the texts P – One similarity between the texts is .E – Use a quotation from text 1 to support your pointC – Compare how a similar idea is shown in text 2E – Use a quotation from text 2 to support your pointD – Develop your ideas as much as you can focusing on why the ideas are similarP – Likewise in both texts .E – Use a quotation from text 1 to support your pointC – Compare how a similar idea is shown in text 2E – Use a quotation from text 2 to support your pointD – Develop your ideas as much as you can focusing on why the ideas are similarP – One final similarity between the texts is .E – Use a quotation from text 1 to support your pointC – Compare how a similar idea is shown in text 2E – Use a quotation from text 2 to support your pointD – Develop your ideas as much as you can focusing on why the ideas are similar

Question 7b – 14 marksYou’re asked to compare how the writers of text 1 and 2 present their ideas.Example QuestionCompare how the writers of Text 1 and Text 2 present their ideas and perspectives about conflictand war. Support your answer with detailed reference to the texts.(14 marks)Tips for Answering 7b Make comments on the language and structure of the textsLink to the themes and ideas of the textsAim for 4 comparisonsP – Both texts use . show .E – Use a quotation from text 1 to support your pointC – Compare how a similar idea is shown in text 2E – Use a quotation from text 2 to support your pointD – Develop your ideas as much as you can focusing on why the language may besimilar.P – Likewise in both texts .E – Use a quotation from text 1 to support your pointC – Compare how a similar idea is shown in text 2E – Use a quotation from text 2 to support your pointD – Develop your ideas as much as you can focusing on why the ideas are similarP – However there are differences between the texts is .E – Use a quotation from text 1 to support your pointC – Compare how a differently an idea is shown in text 2E – Use a quotation from text 2 to support your pointD – Develop your ideas as much as you can focusing on why the ideas are different.P – In addition the structure of the texts are similar/differentE – Use a quotation from text 1 to support your pointC – Compare how a similar idea is shown in text 2E – Use a quotation from text 2 to support your pointD – Develop your ideas as much as you can focusing on why the structure may besimilar/different.8

Question 8 or 9 – TransactionalWriting8 or 9 – 24 MARKS FOR CONTENT 16 MARKS FOR SPaG 40 marksQuestion Overview:You will be asked to write a transactional piece of writing, with a particular purpose and audience.You must be prepared to write in the appropriate form the question asks of you. It could be a letter,speech, report, newspaper article, magazine article.Paragraph 1 - Remember your variety of punctuation. , ; ! ?‘ ’ “ ”( )Introduce your idea remembering the purpose andaudience of your writing.(What is the topic and why is it important)Paragraph 2 – Remember your variety of sentences, Simple,compound, complex.Make your first point, giving some detail.Paragraph 3 – Remember your variety of vocabularyAdd some emotion/ offer an opposing ideaParagraph 4 & 5 – Remember your variety of vocabularyDevelop your point further, considering the purpose andmessage of your textParagraph 6 – Remember simple sentences and repetitionLeave your reader with a convincing ending9

Language Devices and Their EffectsLanguagedevicePossible effectImagery: simile,metaphor, personification“Life is a rollercoaster”Creates a visual image for the reader andhelps them to understand what the writermeans more clearly.Powerful verbs/shortsentences“spun round and spatout”Creates a sense of drama and excitementAdverbs“slowly, gently”Describe how something happens“sometimes, often”Describe when something happensAdjectives“beautiful, glorious”Give the reader a detailed descriptionDialogueMay show the relationship betweencharacters.Emotive language“Quivering with fright”Encourages empathy from the readerHumourCreates a less serious tone10

Persuasive Techniques and eEffectI, we youA small donationcould change thelives of manyHave you everthought about .?Makes the text personalProvokes an emotionalreaction from the readerStatistics75% of studentsstated that .Adds weight to theargumentUse of authorityA leading expertstated .Adds weight to theargumentAnecdoteA young boynamed .Makes the ideabelievableDirect appealOnly you can make Makes the argumenta difference .personal to the reader.ExaggerationMillions of peopleevery day .The reader may interpretas fact and be swayed.RepetitionWe will workharder, we willstrive for moreReinforces an idea,helps the reader torememberRhetoricalQuestion11Makes the readerchallenge their ownideas

Useful linking wordsLearn 5 from each columnConnectiveFirstlySecondlyThirdlyAs well as rlyUnlikeAs well asIn contrast toThe author / language in thetext sRecognisesDemonstratesRefers alsEvokesSignifiesExaggeratesSuggestsGives theSymbolisesimpressionShowsGives a senseTellsHighlightsInformsGrade 6 analysis linking phrases 12creates the image of evokes the sense of presents the ideas that projects the writer’s message that embodies the theme of symbolises the idea that esThe reader (or ‘we’ )Is made awareIs informedIs toldIs shocked /fascinated /persuaded /made tosympathise etc.LearnsDiscoversRealisesTentative language(insert before linkingphrase) couldperhapsmaypossiblymight

Question 4 – 1 mark Question Overview: Youre asked to identify a phrase to answer the question from an allocated area within the text. Example question: From lines 6 to 9, identify the conditions in which prisoners are kept in Westerbork. Tips to Answer Question 4 Only identify the phrases (two – three words) Use the words from the text

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