It gives rise to some lovely discussions about form. If you want practice instead of just reading my own blah blah waffle, before you read my bit, have a go at making a list of 10 or so interesting features of the form. Now, you know me. And my solution, my lovely readers, is to try to write about ALL of them in the hopes that one of those thirteen horses will be a winner and will pay out with a grade 8 or 9. Just as a guide, Teacher Me says that the exam is asking me to spend maximum of 45 minutes on the unseen poem.
Teach your students how to compare poems for GCSE English Literature, Paper 2, Section B
Your 5-a-day: English Literature
During these sessions, we will be exploring the key themes and ideas raised within the text, with references and examples from the text. We will be discussing characterisation, with particular focus on characters that recur in examination questions. We will look at dramatic and literary techniques commonly used by Shakespeare in the play. As we start to review our learning on the text, we will explore past paper exam questions. In these sessions, we will discuss and work out possible ways of responding to the questions, with close reference to extracts chosen in past papers. In preparation for the final session, students will write a past paper essay response of their own choosing.
Exemplar student response and examiner commentary
I have to be honest, getting a 9 is no easy feat - but with the right effort, attitude and technique, it is certainly possible. Trying to maintain my hobby as a writer whilst being a climate activist and finding the time to revise was difficult to balance at first. Attending the occasional FridaysforFuture gatherings was not an excuse to miss out on work and revision - if anything, I had to work harder to catch up! So, to manage my time, I wrote down each of my subjects and the topics within them. When it came to revision, I would choose two subjects and topics to go through per day.
I think you should be able to articulate the process of what good essays do. Plus, it ticks all the things on the mark scheme. Readers like poems and dislike others.