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The Power Of Words
GCSE English Language
GCSE English Literature
Year Ten English Lessons
There are two key areas that we will focus on
English in year ten:
• Developing reading and writing skills
• Completing English Language Unit Three
Controlled Assessment.
Unit One Language
• An exam taken at the end of year eleven.
• Students read three texts and answers
questions about them.
• Students produce two short pieces of writing
for a specific purpose and audience.
Unit One Language
To be successful students must be able to:
• Make inferences
• Offer interpretations
• Use quotations
• Make connections
• Read an image
• Analyse Language
With this in mind . . .
• We aim to make students curious about
language.
• We want them to be observant and notice
things about language and question how
people use language . . .
It can be used to say stupid things
Peter Kay all about idiomatic expressions
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2nez3_pet
er-kay-stupid-things_fun
We want students to be able to appreciate how
others use language to persuade and influence
others and learn how to adapt their own
language for a variety of purposes and
audiences . . .
It can persuade and unite
One voice can change the world Obama speech
2.22 mins in length could show up to 1.22
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRqLRLI0q4g
We want students to enjoy English and
understand the power of language. We want
students to be able to make connections
between the texts that they read and the images
that accompany it.
They need to be able to evaluate how successful
writers’ choices of language and images are.
For example
For example:
Here you would be expected to
comment on:
The awkward-looking pose of the
Prince!
The long, medium and close-up
pictures – showing us the scale and
height of the building and the abseil
The pun in the headline
The honest statement of fear in the
sub-heading!
Also perhaps…
•The amount of safety equipment
•The army guy instructing him
•The building itself and its name
Unit Three Language Controlled
Assessment
• This comprises four pieces of writing produced
in controlled conditions (high control):
– Two pieces of creative writing
– A piece of writing analysing spoken language
– A piece of writing responding to a literary text (eg
‘Lord of the Flies’, ‘Great Expectations’) which
assess their ability to read and interpret.
These are the same skills that are developed when studying unit one – inference,
analysis, making connections, offering interpretations, crafting a piece of writing for a
specific purpose and audience.
Controlled Assessment
This means:
• Students have a time limit
• Produced under the supervision of their
teacher but their teacher cannot help
• They can not take a draft in with them
• They cannot use the notes that they have in
their files.
The Challenge
Reducing their notes
And then expand them again
This means
• Students must take every opportunity to
prepare thoroughly.
• Students should reread and review their
notes.
• They should complete short writing tasks for
homework and hand them to their teacher for
feedback and guidance.
• They must talk to their teacher before the
assessment lessons begin.
General Tips
• Read as widely as possible.
• Encourage your child to read newspaper or
magazine articles and newspaper letters
pages.
• When a controlled assessment is approaching
they will have homework. Please ask them to
talk to you about it.
• Encourage them to check their spelling,
punctuation and grammar.

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