English Language + Literature

ENGLISH LANGUAGE
Past/sample papers can be found at :
http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse/english-language-8700/assessment-resources

PAPER 1 MODERN FICTION
o Prepare by reading a wide range of modern fiction texts: short stories in particular. Maybe
try: https://mic.com/articles/94552/13-short-stories-from-classic-novelists-you-can-read-overlunch#.wu430qiuQ

o Write creatively. Maybe try exercises such as these:
https://writetodone.com/10-best-creative-writing-exercises/
https://thewritepractice.com/creative-writing-prompts/

o Use the Mr Bruff videos:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ch-XgnluOf4&list=PLqGFsWf-P-cAlttmXkEvJXCxqTZzFqAN

PAPER 2 WRITERS’ VIEWPOINTS
o Prepare by reading opinion and lifestyle pieces online in broadsheet papers with free web
access: The Independent, Huffington Post, Guardian, Telegraph, Mail. For example:
https://www.theguardian.com/uk/commentisfree
http://www.independent.co.uk/voices
http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/

o Write opinion pieces. Watch debate shows such as Question Time, or the Youth Parliament
debates on YouTube.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1UXxnp7eZM4

o Use the Mr Bruff videos:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtgpdXbSUPQ&list=PLqGFsWf-P-cBGSeqYup7PXId4pbldQVq

ENGLISH LITERATURE
PAPER 1 SHAKESPEARE and 19th CENTURY NOVEL
 Romeo and Juliet
 Jekyll and Hyde (or A Christmas Carol)
Read, reread and read again.

o Listen along to the audiobook for a different reading experience:
J and H: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3Rh4AlRzuc&t=220s
R and J: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kt8EzPxNeA (once in Act 1, you will find the
links to all acts up to 5)
ACC: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pE-DitMqjYg

And quick recap vids such as this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYPOyBmZziA&list=PLcvEcrsF_9zJ0JEEr8Lp9c9_eYQ
zZBYcR&index=106

o Watch adaptations of scenes from R and J such as those in the link below. Attend
performances if they come up.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/484GwDBByzcGTGCy5bvmhLF/romeo-andjuliet

Obviously for those students studying a Christmas Carol, the run up to the mocks provides
plenty of opportunity to watch adaptations!

o Watch Mr Bruff and Francis Gilbert (YouTube)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qD8w12CIJQc&list=PL7034024E957E7A21
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epEvPobaMIY&list=PLqGFsWf-PcD6Q25r3wSEIHP6JIU8UK-f
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUZwAZHf8kY
o Use the revision workbooks- a couple of pages a day will be very useful

PAPER 2 MODERN TEXTS AND POETRY
 An Inspector Calls
 Power and Conflict Poetry
 Unseen Poetry

Again, there is no substitute for re reading the texts! But some other strategies to add are:
o Listen to the poems to help to memorise the poems- some decent readings (at times with
useful commentary also) are:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JuCDjyCysAY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPlSH6n37ts
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53zCCVFN2yI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8QIcYdJPG0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFV_06_UidI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DHWqppktFo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGn1Ilx_3o4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BERjLZzuOg&index=64&list=PLcvEcrsF_9zJ0JEEr8L
p9c9_eYQzZBYcR
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRWbo2x5lnA&index=129&list=PLcvEcrsF_9zJ0JEEr8L
p9c9_eYQzZBYcR

o Watch Mr Bruff
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9h_csKEwxg&list=PLqGFsWf-PcAO64lBHZTFwTz2X0DD_Cxk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sgsu_WgO9GY

Or look at model answers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rClIkf8SPKA

o Revise poetic techniques using the Power and Conflict knowledge organiser

o Revise the context for An Inspector Calls with this programme:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Svz8_dyhok&t=224s

And learn more about Priestley and his wartime role here:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00sf0tg

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