Hello Year 9 students.
Here is the study guide Exam notification
The Semester Two Examination runs for 80 minutes and there are three sections to complete. You have 5 minutes at the start to read through the paper.
Part A: Short answer questions- 25 minutes (20 marks)
Part A is reading response. You will respond to an unseen text and answer a series of short answer question. To do well in this section keep the following point in mind:
- Always write full sentences using capital letters and correct punctuation.
- Use quotes and specific detail from the text to support your ideas.
- “How” questions ask for reference to language forms and features, for example: imagery, figurative language, word choice, tone…
- The simple rule is: make one point, one idea for every mark.
- Use all of the writing space available to ensure that you have enough content to answer the question that has been asked.
The best way to prepare for Part A is to complete some revision tests and ask for feedback. Try these In A Dim Room and sample Reading Task The Pit and the Pendulum
Part B: Creative response- 15 minutes (10 marks)
Part B is a creative response. You will respond to some form of stimulus material based on the text you have read in Part A. In this section you are to draw on the narrative techniques that you covered in the Suspense unit. Read through your process writing and your assessment task. I also encourage you to look closely at the revision PowerPoint created by Ms Rintoul Feedback ppt assessment 3 suspense 2013
You can revise by this by attempting timed writing responses. Have a go at these sentence starters:
True. Nervous I was. Very nervous…
He was awoken the following morning by his mother’s scream.
They sat in a vast circle in the cellar.
Part C: Comparative essay – 40 minutes (30 marks)
This term we have been looking at autobiographical texts. We have been considering the ways that composers (authors, directors…) represent personal memory through texts.
In the comparative essay, you will be required to write on your core text Touching the Void directed by Kevin Macdonald in 2007 and one other text of your choice. You are encouraged to use a text from the autobiography booklet.
In this comparative essay you will respond to a statement or question that relates to our study of memory. You will need to draw on evidence from both the film and one of the extracts you have chosen from the booklet.
The best way to revise for this is to attempt a timed response. Answer this question:
“Autobiography texts deal with moments of challenge.”
Discuss with reference to Touching the Void and ONE other text of your own choosing.
You may like to use one of the essay scaffolds below to assist your revision.
A comparative essay structure where you consider both texts in the same paragraph Comparative essay structure OR
A comparative essay structure where you consider both texts in separate body paragraphs Comparative essay structure #2
More on this next week. Good luck with your revision.