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1 English Literature Exploring Modern Texts: An Inspector Calls Unit 1Year 11
2 What is this exam about? It is called ‘Exploring Modern Texts’ It has Section A and Section B1 ½ hours longSection A is an essay question on ‘An Inspector Calls’Section B is a question on ‘Of Mice and Men’
3 What do we need to know? What format is the question? How do I craft a good answer?What is the success criteria?What should I revise?
4 The format is a CHOICE between TWO essay questions (34 marks; 4 marks are for SPAG) EITHER How does Priestley present the idea of family in this play? Are Mr and Mrs Birling good parents? OR The Inspector says: ‘We don’t live alone. We are members of one body. We are responsible for each other…the time will soon come when, if men will not learn that lesson, then they will be taught it in fire and blood and anguish.’ In what ways do you think that Mr and Mrs Birling need to learn ‘that lesson’?
5 What do I do next?Choose the question you feel most comfortable answeringQuickly plan 5 key points in response to the question – with quotes if you can!Write up your 5 points as 5 PEE/PQA paragraphsYou will need to include a brief introduction and a brief conclusion as the examiner is looking for an essay answer
6 What does a PQA/PEE paragraph look like? Firstly, Mr Birling needs to learn ‘that lesson’ as he does not feel remorseful about his actions towards Eva Smith. Birling states ‘The girl had been causing some trouble in the works. I was quite justified”. This quote shows that Birling displays a capitalist attitude towards Eva as he cares more about his business and profit than he does about ‘the girl’. Furthermore the fact that he refers to her as ‘the girl’ suggests a lack of concern or care as he doesn’t refer to her by her name. The use of the short sentence, ‘I was quite justified’, shows that he feels no guilt or shame and the intensifier ‘quite’ reinforces this point. This links to the context of the play as both women and the lower class were seen as inferior and expendable people. Finally, this quote also links to the genre of the play as it is ironic that by the end of the play, Birling has learnt nothing about social responsibility.
7 Key Sentence Starters Key Sentence Starters Point Answer the question in a FULL sentence, e.g. Priestley presents the idea of family in this play by/through the use of…Quote/EvidenceThe quote that shows this is…Birling (or a different character) states…REMEMBER TO USE QUOTATION MARKSAnalysis/ExplanationThis quote shows/implies/suggests/proposes…The use of (insert writing technique here) emphasises…The word ‘responsibility’ suggests…This links to the genre…This links to the context of the time…
8 Success Criteria Analyse quotes rather than tell the story Comment on STRUCTURE and FORMComment on setting and themes/ideasDO NOT describe characters – use quotes to support your points and analyse the language they use. What is each character’s purpose?Explore Priestley’s intentions in creating this play and its charactersUse PQAUse close word analysis, e.g. The word “…” suggests…Use evaluative comments, e.g. This quote could also mean…Include context of the time if relevant, e.g. This links to context because…Comment on the didactic nature of the textYou are awarded up to 4 marks for SPAG
9 IntroductionsIt is a good idea for each person to create a model introduction to use in the exam.Answer the following questions:What is the form and structure of the text?What are the key points in answer to the question?What are 2-3 key context issues you need to consider when analysing the text?
10 Conclusions Start with In Conclusion… Sum up your answer to the essay Discuss Priestley’s intentions in creating the play
11 Top tips! Use the clock – timing was an issue for almost everyone Revise thoroughly so you don’t waste time looking for quotesUse PQA throughout and ensure you complete AT LEAST 4 of these for each questionComment on form and structure and why it’s used as well as the effect on the readerUse phrases such as: Priestley describes Sheila as…Link context into your answer
12 Remember that both texts… Are set around the same timeHave cyclical structuresAre presenting microcosms of society to make serious moral points about society in generalHave a moral message attached to them; one is a morality play and the other is a novella
14 Take a single or double page in your exercise book… Firstly…Secondly…At the top, write the title: Of Mice and MenUnderneath the title, sum up the text in no more than 10 wordsThen list the key events and why they are importantSpace the following subheadings out around your double page and add 5 key points to each (apart from characters):Themes and quotesCharacters – who are they and what is their role? What do they symbolise? The underdog? Attitudes to racism?Form and structureContextSymbolism (dramatic devices for AIC)Writer’s intentionsThen do the same for An Inspector Calls
15 Symbolism (Dramatic Devices for AIC) Continued…Themes and QuotesCharactersContextForm and StructureSymbolism (Dramatic Devices for AIC)Writer’s intentions
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