Once students have consolidated these basic facts, they can begin to display understanding of those characters: It is this progression of assessment that is important. There has been much gnashing of teeth at the prospect of students memorising over quotations for English Literature. That is to say, those quotations that you can use for a multitude of essay questions, as they encompass many different ideas, themes or issues from the given text.
An effective essay writer can only store so many quotations, so they need to be pertinent and selected judiciously. In terms of diagnostic assessments for selecting good quotations, we can start with using multiple choice questions that get students to correctly relate quotations to individual characters or themes. We can get students to rank order quotations with regard to their relevance, relative importance etc.
We can get them to select quotations when given a specific character, theme or prospective essay question. Alternatively, or concurrently, we can get students to devise a quotation timeline , that sorts quotations by chronological order, and more. Short answers quizzes can get students to respond to individual quotations. We can assess their understanding in such quizzes.
Of course, targeted questioning can elicit how well they can interpret a quotation. Over time, we can be more assured they are ready to write a great essay. It may mean that we have to reconsider our typical teacher habits and go back to the drawing board with assessment of texts. If we get our assessment of learning right, we will likely be marking fewer, but better essays. If you have any insights, criticisms or ideas, please do share.
Cover image via PhotoSteve A colleague and I are working on something similar for KS3. Frustrated by the idea that pupils work on GCSE style essay questions from the outset, we have tried to identify the constituent skills necessary for good essay writing and express these as a series of broad questions loosely based on the AOs.
This allows us to work on each strand separately in the various ways you suggest: We can work on each element until it is learned. Used formatively, this approach has allowed us to quickly identify areas for improvement. As our summative assessment for a Y7 poetry SOW we used the questions as the basis of a guided write — 5 minutes for each section.
This allowed all pupils to attempt each element. We were surprised by the results: An excellent piece Alex. I do something similar with Religious Studies and Law. Teaching essay skills is probably the hardest thing I do! I guess another developmental strategy would be the actual building of writing speed and stamina once all knowledge is in place. Mini essays with 2 quotes moving eventually towards full essays? I am wary of adding strands and losing sense of what is to be learned.
I wonder whether the technique at speed, as you describe would be a natural outcome of do the other strands well. AQA Non-exam assessment guide: This could, of course , be done as a collective departmental exercise. The material also shows examples of the type of presentations that are suitable. Learn more Close this message.
For first teaching from September For first assessment in Assessment Criteria for Unit 3: Studying Spoken and Written Language. How to Analyse a Transcript — Year Classifying the distinctive features of spoken language. Using a real-life example.
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English Gcse Media Essay - English GCSE Media Coursework 1. How does advertising reinforce gender stereotypes. Today in the late s we can not escape advertising it bombards us from all types of media and every aspect of our lives.
GCSE Essays is an online database of free essays and term papers contributed by students from around the world. Instant free access. Three sentences. That was all the instruction I was given on essay technique back when I was sitting my GCSEs. These were three sentences that stood me in good stead throughout GCSE, A level, degree and postgraduate study. Nice and simple, I thought.
Writing great essays is crucial for English Literature students. But how do we best train them to write great essays? What diagnostic assessments are best? Don't list the poems or ideas you are going to include in the rest of your essay as you will be repeating yourself. Don't begin with ‘In this essay I am going to ' and then list ideas. Try to begin by addressing the question straight away.