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Course Structure
National 3 to National 5
Key Skills
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Critical reading (comprehension and analysis)
Textual Analysis (seen and unseen)
Writing (different forms)
Talking (both solo and in groups)
Listening (which is now assessed )
Exam skills (vital )
Unit Structure
National 3
National 4
National 5
English: Understanding English: Analysis and
Evaluation
Language
English: Analysis and
Evaluation
English: Producing
Language
English: Creation and
Production
English: Creation and
Production
Literacy
Literacy
Portfolio of writing (30%)
PLUS Added Value unit Assignment
Final exam
Unit Themes
National 3
Drugs in Sport
Charities
Surveillance
Healthy Eating.
National 4
Drugs in Sport
Charities
Surveillance
National 5
Prose (fiction and
non-fiction)
Poetry
Drama
Media
Scottish Texts
Unit Assessment
- N3 – combined approach
- N4 – combined approach
- N5 – combined approach
National 5 Combined Approach
Key skill
Literature : To Kill a
Mockingbird and
Strange Fruit
Learners should be
introduced to a range
of texts and acquire
the knowledge of
genre features.
Learners should
develop skills in notemaking and
annotating texts.
Approach
Assessment
listen Strange Fruit, sung by
Billie Holiday: Identify
examples of word choice
and imagery: Discuss within
their groups their
impressions: Annotate
written copies of the poem
and participate in a
discussion (critical analysis)
of how the poem uses word
choice, imagery and
structure. Detailed notes are
taken which will form the
basis of an essay.
write a critical essay
about the poem’s
use of word choice,
imagery and
structure in handling
the themes.
Talking and listening
also assessed
through group
discussion.
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Added Value Assessments:
- National 4 Added Value Unit
- National 5 Course Assessment
National 4 Added Value Unit
Assignment
Pupils investigate a topic.
• Reading: select relevant information from at least two
separate sources.
• Writing: produce a report / essay (800 + words)
• Talking and listening: present to a large group / respond to
questions.
National 5 – English
Course Assessment
• Question Paper- Reading:
– Reading for Understanding, Analysis and Evaluation
– Critical Reading
• Critical essay
• Scottish texts
• Portfolio- writing
National 5 – English
Portfolio Of Writing
• 30 marks in total – worth 30% of final mark.
• Two essays:
– Broadly Creative writing
– Broadly Discursive writing
– Learners must meet all submission deadlines.
National 5 – English
Question Paper - Reading
• Two sections:
• Section 1: Reading for Understanding, Analysis
and Evaluation (30 marks) I hr
• Section 2: Critical Reading (40 marks) 1 hr and
30 minutes.
– Critical essay (20 marks)
– Scottish text (20 marks)
Assessment Schedule 2013/14
Aug13
N3 to N5 Timelines / Assessment Schedules.
Oct 13
Unit Assessments
Dec 13
Feb 13
March 13
Apr 13
N5 Prelim and final confirmation of presentation
levels. N4 Unit assessments.
Final Submission of N5 Portfolio of Writing
(worth 30%) of final mark. Unit Assessments.
Completion of all Unit re-assessments @ N3, N4
and N5 (including AVU.)
N5 final external exam. N4 pupils begin N5 work.
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