English Language Paper 1, section b

English Language Paper 1, section b


There are two questions to choose from: one might be a description based on an image; the other might be to write a story. However, both questions might ask you to write a story; equally, both questions might ask you to describe: For example, one paper included these questions: Write a description of young children leaving home as suggested by this picture: Write a description about a person who has made a strong

impression on you Another paper included these: Write a story set on a dark night as suggested by this picture: Write a story about a game that goes badly wrong. TOP TIPS FOR DOING WELL The important thing is to write in an engaging way. Think about the techniques youre going to use personification, metaphors etc.

Describe the scene for your reader pathetic fallacy, for example. Foreshadowing is good hint at the events to come. Dont try to write loads there is no correlation between the weight of an exam paper and the grade it receives. Two sides of tightly controlled writing can be impressive. Clear and linked paragraphs. Think about how this will happen. Is your narrative chronological? Flashback? Signal the shifts CLEARLY to your reader.

Use a range of sentence and paragraph lengths. DELIBERATELY build in short sentences for effect; a short(er) paragraph. Some repetition. Three part lists etc. TOP TIPS CONTINUED VOCABULARY this appears in the AO5 and AO6 mark scheme. This is from the level 4 descriptors for AO5: Extensive and ambitious vocabulary with

sustained crafting of linguistic devices. This doesnt mean you need to have swallowed a dictionary but some carefully chosen words can be effective. You have these in your armoury: how many different words for running can you think of, for example? PLANNING NARRATIVES

For our revision session, well be looking at planning narratives. Here are some ideas that we will go through in the session. We might not get round

to all of them, but Ive included all the slides here for reference. You will have better ideas. But use these as a springboard for thinking. BEGINNING

Set the mood for the story here Spend some time setting up the situation. A couple of paragraphs. Imagine your reader is watching a film. Scan the setting for them. Pick out little details and use a metaphor, personification or a simile. You dont have to use pathetic fallacy however. The setting could contrast with the mood. Use some effective prepositional phrases to help with describing the physical space to your reader (E.G. from behind the wall, little

snuffling sounds were a warning to me to turn back) Chekhovs gun draw the readers attention to something that will have importance later on: (E.g. Up ahead, a car stopped for a moment. Its brakes flickered in the gloom. I thought I heard a door slam but then the car continued on.) CHEKHOV'S GUN Chekhov's gun is a dramatic principle that states that every element in a

story must be necessary, and irrelevant elements should be removed; elements should not appear to make "false promises" by never coming into play of story. The statement is recorded in letters by Anton Chekhov several times, with some variation "Remove everything that has no relevance to the story. If you say in the first chapter that there is a rifle hanging on the wall, in the second or third chapter it absolutely must go off. If it's not going to be fired, it shouldn't be hanging there.

"One must never place a loaded rifle on the stage if it isn't going to go off. It's wrong to make promises you don't mean to keep." Chekhov, letter to Aleksandr Semenovich Lazarev (pseudonym of A. S. Gruzinsky), 1 November 1889 Here the "gun" is a monologue that Chekhov deemed superfluous and unrelated to the rest of the play.

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