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Section A: Reading
One non-fiction text and one literary non-fiction text
Section B: Writing
Writing to present a viewpoint
Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
50% of GCSE
Reading (40 marks) (25%) – two linked texts
1 short form question (1 x 4 marks)
2 longer form questions (1 x 8, 1 x 12 marks)
1 extended question (1 x 16 marks)
Writing (40 marks) (25%)
1 extended writing question (24 marks for content, 16 marks for technical accuracy)
Exam Paper 2 - Reading section
Notes From a Small Island by
Notes from a Small Island is a funny piece of travel writing about Great Britain. It was first published in 1995.
The Road to Wigan Pier by
Orwell wrote this autobiography to highlight the poor living conditions of the working class in industrial England before the Second World War.
I Am Malala by
This 21st century autobiography tells the story of "the girl who stood up for education and was shot by the Taliban".
Memories of a Massacre by
This article was published in History Today (Volume 69, Issue 8, August 2019). The article commemorates the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre in Manchester and asks how the events of that day have been remembered.
BBC Bitesize Revision
Select the exam board you will be sitting your 2019 or onward exams with. If unsure, check with your tutor.
Oxford Living Dictionaries
Basic grammatical terms - needed to succeed in English, are usefully explained here, so check out the grammar glossary and get a head start in familiarising with their names.
Exam Paper 2 - Writing section:
The Oatmeal - Grammar and Punctuation
The Oatmeal is a fun, comic-style illustrated site of online literature - with an area offering guidance with grammar and punctuation. Lucky you!
Overview of how sentence structures work in English: check out the 'simple, compound and complex sentence' sections to succeed in GCSE. FREE ACCESS IS LIMITED, but useful.
Use this glossary of rhetorical techniques to help your writing pack persuasive punch. Persuasive argument skills are needed to succeed in exam paper 2.
Revise: Examples of Video Tutorials