Assessment Criteria Gcse Literature Paper

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Unit 1. In this unit candidates will study two modern texts, one of which will be based on exploring different cultures. Modern in this context is defined as post - 1945. The modern texts in Section A provide an element of familiarity, either through themes and issues or through language. This allows candidates to engage with Literature before they move on to looking at texts that are more distanced from their own experience by place in Section B and then by time in the other units of this course. Candidates will be expected to consider: ideas, themes and issues characterisation settings. These must be underpinned by understanding the writers’ language and techniques. Section A offers a choice of ten texts which includes literary non-fiction and drama texts. This allows teachers to select the genre that is most suitable for their candidates. Section B offers a choice of five texts which explore different cultures. Candidates should explore aspects of the text that are specific to that culture as well as universal ideas. Unit 2 In this unit candidates will take a skills-based approach to poetry, learning how to make an informed personal response to a range of poems. They will be expected to respond to: ideas, themes and issues form and structure and language (including sound and imagery) in any poem, making them engaged and critical readers of poetry. This unit covers two texts: Contemporary poetry and poetry from the English, Welsh and Irish Literary Heritage. Section A is based on the study of a thematic poetry cluster from the AQA poetry Anthology Moon on the Tides. Each cluster contains fifteen poems, some of which are contemporary and some of which are from the ELH, WLH or ILH. Candidates will study one of these clusters in detail in order to respond to questions in Section A of the examination paper. Characters and voices Place Conflict Relationships

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