Year 10 January Pre-Public Exam – English Literature

On Wednesday 30th January 2019 (during period 1 and 2) you will be completing your first formal pre-public examination (PPE – formerly referred to as a mock exam) in English. The paper will be 1 hour and 45 minutes and will consist of the following:

Section A: Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’ (1 extract question worth 15 marks, 1 essay question worth 25 marks – 1 hour);

Section B: J.B. Priestley’s ‘An Inspector Calls’ (1 extract question worth 40 marks, 5 marks available for SPaG).

 

Over Christmas you will need to revise both texts ready for this PPE by working through each of the checklists in this booklet.

Read notes from BBC Bitesize, Shmoop, No Fear Shakespeare, Cliffsnotes, revision guides, Google Classroom resources and listen to podcasts from GCSEpod.com. You should also use PiXLit.

How do I revise for English Literature?

  1. Re-read your notes and analysed extracts in your exercise books.
  2. Watch and make notes on scene summaries on GCSEPod.
  3. Use all the apps available, especially GCSEPod and PiXLit! There are also lots of resources available on Google Classroom.
  4. Know what is going on. Produce mind maps/summaries of each Act and character. Know what happens and when it happens and also why it’s important.
  5. Know who the main characters are and what they represent.
  6. Be clear on the themes.
  7.  Learn lots of short quotes.
  8. Plan some essays.
  9. Time yourself writing responses to example questions.
  10. Get someone at home to test you in the following ways:
    1. Check your recollection of quotes;
    2. The key events in the text;
    3. Adjectives you’d use to describe the characters.

Section A: Shakespeare’s Macbeth

What do you have to do?

You will have 1 hour to answer two questions:

  1. Extract based (worth 15 marks)
  2. Essay question (worth 25).

You will only be provided with an extract to use for your response to part (a). For part (b), you must use your knowledge of the entire play.

What skills are you being assessed on?

Assessment Objectives:

●     AO1: Read, understand and respond to the texts. Students should be able to:

○      Maintain a critical style and develop an informed personal response;

○      Use textual references, including quotations, to support and illustrate interpretations.

●     AO2: Analyse the language, form and structure used by a writer to create meanings and effects, using relevant subject terminology where appropriate.

●     For Part (b) only – AO4: Spelling, punctuation and grammatical accuracy.

What does this mean?

  • For part (a), you must analyse the extract in as much detail as possible. You do not need to refer to the wider play for this question.
  • You will need to use subject terminology to explore the language and structure of the extract.
  • For part (b), you must make sure you answer the question in front of you. For each point you make, you need to use a quote. For each quote you use, EXPLODE it (MR SCIL) – focus on the language used and the effect Shakespeare’s language choices have on the audience.
  • For part (b), you must refer to the whole play. This means you need to be sure of the events that happen and the order in which they happen.
  • You will be expected to use subject specific terminology which is relevant to a play in both part (a) and (b).
Hints for Part (b):

Ensure you have revised thoroughly the following characters:

–      Lady Macbeth

–      Macbeth

–      The Witches

 

January PPE Revision Tasks: Shakespeare’s Macbeth

Task Complete
Read a summary of each scene (and the text if you have your own copy)
Create a storyboard for the plot / list the order of events
Draw a character map independently with Macbeth in the middle

Under each character write 4 adjectives to describe them

Write an essay plan for:

(4 or 5 ideas about how they are presented across the whole play)

Macbeth
Lady Macbeth
The Witches
Learn 5 quotes for:

(Write on flashcards and repeatedly test yourself until you remembering them / write them out 10 times each without looking)

Macbeth
Lady Macbeth
The Witches
Mind map your knowledge of the following key themes:
Ambition
Evil
Appearance vs reality / Deception
Write a list of all the dramatic techniques used by Shakespeare and write one example for each.

 

For example: metaphor, symbolism, dramatic irony, foreshadowing, animal imagery, sound, pathetic fallacy, sibilance, irony, prose, blank verse

 

Section B: J.B. Priestley’s An Inspector Calls

What do you have to do?

You will have 45-minutes to answer one question:

  1. 1 Extract based question where you must make links to the wider text – 40 marks, 5 of which are awarded for SPaG.

 

What skills are you being assessed on?

Assessment Objectives:

●     AO1: Read, understand and respond to the texts. Students should be able to:

○      Maintain a critical style and develop an informed personal response;

○      Use textual references, including quotations, to support and illustrate interpretations.

●     AO2: Analyse the language, form and structure used by a writer to create meanings and effects, using relevant subject terminology where appropriate.

●     AO4: Spelling, punctuation and grammatical accuracy.

What does this mean?

  • You must analyse the extract in as much detail as possible and use this as the basis for your essay. You must not only rely on the extract – you will lose marks if you do. You must explore the whole
  • You will need to use subject terminology to explore the language and structure of the extract.
  • For each point you make, you need to refer to the rest of the text. This means you need to be sure of the events that happen in the play and the order in which they happen.
  • You will be expected to discuss the dramatic techniques deployed by Priestley and the effect they have on the audience.
  • You must discuss the characters as if they have been constructed – they are not real people!

 

Hints for Part (b):

Ensure you have revised thoroughly the following characters:

–      Mrs Birling

–      Eric

–      Inspector Goole

 

January PPE Revision Tasks: J.B. Priestley’s An Inspector Calls

Task Complete
Watch plot summaries for ‘An Inspector Calls’.
Create a storyboard for the plot / list the order of events
Revise the context of the play: 1912 capitalism vs. 1945 socialism and Priestley’s personal beliefs
Write an essay plan for:

(4 or 5 ideas about how they are presented across the whole play)

Eric
Mrs Birling
Inspector Goole
Learn 5 quotes for:

(Write on flashcards and repeatedly test yourself until you remembering them / write them out 10 times each without looking)

Eric
Mrs Birling
Inspector Goole
Remind yourself of the genres ‘An Inspector Calls’ fits into:

–      Morality

–      Well-Made Play

–      Crime Thriller

Mind map the key moments in the play with these genres in mind.

Write a list of all the dramatic techniques used by Priestley and write one example for each.

 

For example: metaphor, symbolism, dramatic irony, foreshadowing, entrances and exits, characterisation etc.