I would like to know how to answer the four different questions present in the first section of the English Language GCSE Exam. They are stated below:
Tips to answer these questions (such as how to begin, ways to get most marks - or anything else that is useful) in an English Language GCSE Exam? :-
- What do you learn about this article?
- Explain how the headline and picture is effective and how it links with text
- Explain how the author shows excitement in the text/which parts do you find tense and exciting?
- Compare the ways that language is used for effect in the two texts. Give examples and analyse the effects.
If you could please help - I have not added the texts, as I am looking for broad tips. Two pages are left for an answer in the booklet for each question. Thank you.
It is great that you are thinking about how to apply these tasks to all texts. When beginning your response, you may restate the question or directions. For example, "After reading this article, I learned..." or "The headline is effective because..."
Below, I have provided some thoughts about why you are asked to use these specific questions.
- What do you learn about this article? This question requires you to identify the main idea, which is the point of the piece. Answering this question also shows that you understand what you have read.
- Explain how the headline and picture is effective and how it links with text. Headlines, pictures, and other text features reveal important information and grab the reader's attention. Explain why they are there and how they help your understanding or interest.
- Explain how the author shows excitement in the text/which parts do you find tense and exciting? The attitude of the writer is called the tone. Describe how you think the writer feels about the subject. How do you know? You are to find parts where the writer builds suspense and provide examples.
- Compare the ways that language is used for effect in the two texts. Give examples and analyse the effects. When you compare two works, you can select a few ways language is used and compare point-by-point. Or, you can analyze one text at a time. Things to consider for analysis: diction (word choice), figurative language (similes, metaphors, imagery, personification), voice (the personality of the narrator, speaker, or writer) and genre elements (fiction elements, poetry elements, and nonfiction elements).