Please note: There will be changes to this scheme for 2015-2016. Watch this space!
Spring Term One -
The exact date of the assessment is dependent on the individual student’s timetable; however, this will be circa the week commencing Monday 9th February 2015. PLEASE NOTE: THIS ASSESSMENT HAS NOW BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL CIRCA THE WEEK COMMENCING 2ND MARCH 2015.
What is the assessment task?
Students respond to a discursive essay question on a Shakespeare text which they have studied.
How will the task be assessed?
Assessment Foci: Writing AFs 5, 6 & 7; Reading AFs 2 & 3. Please click on the below for details of each assessment focus.
What students can do to prepare:
Master key spellings and their meanings: Fate, Plosive, Idiom, Prologue, Synonym, Oxymoron, Paradox, Aspiration, Relationship, Characterisation, Theme, Coincidence, Foreshadowing, Contradiction, Connotation and Denotation.
Become skilled at using the PEE structure (Point, Evidence, Explain) in their writing. Read any text (fiction or non-fiction). Write a sentence that makes a POINT about that text. Back it up with some EVIDENCE in the form of a quotation directly from the text (remember to introduce your quote and place the quotation in inverted commas “like this”). Finally, EXPLAIN how your EVIDENCE illustrates or elaborates on your POINT. For example: Fate plays an important part in the opening of Act 3; Benvolio seems to invite Mercutio to avoid the fate of a violent fight by suggesting that they both leave. When Benvolio clearly states, “if we meet, we not scape a brawl; For now, these hot days, is the mad blood stirring.” Benvolio is explicitly warning Mercutio that the day is ‘hot’ and uncomfortable and everyone’s temper is high. Benvolio’s language is interesting here in the way that he describes the anger of the Capulets and Montagues. Benvolio’s phrase “mad blood stirring” is a powerful way of conveying how people aren’t thinking clearly – that they are “mad” suggesting that they are out-of-control. In addition, the image of madness in the ‘blood’ conveys the idea that madness has taken over some people completely – almost like a disease. This language is a powerful way of drawing attention to the dangers Mercutio and Romeo could face if they meet the Capulets.
Practise using different sentence lengths and punctuation to engage and stimulate your reader: It is not just in fiction-writing that is it important to write in a controlled fashion. Being controlled in your sentence lengths and in your use of punctuation can also engage your reader in your analysis: making your points appear more authoritative and your argument more persuasive. It is important to get a balance between being concise (using a few well-chosen words to get a point across) and being detailed in your analysis without being verbose, loquacious and long-winded (using more words than is needed – like this!). Ask someone to choose 3 random objects, then give yourself 5 minutes to write down a short story including those objects – it can be as crazy as you like! Spend some time editing your work, paying close attention to the sentence length and your punctuation use, to get it as short as you can but ensuring that it still makes sense. How short can you make it? Can you get it to 50 words? If so – you’ve written a mini saga!