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1 Critical Reading – Scottish Text The Thread by Don Paterson

2 45 mins / 20 marks = 2 mins per mark approx.

3 Question 1 2 marks = 4 mins 1. By referring closely to lines 1-4 analyse the use of poetic technique to emphasise the dramatic nature of Jamie’s birth. 2 2 marks can be awarded for two examples which highlight the dramatic impact. A detailed/insightful comment on one example may be awarded 2 marks. Reference plus basic comment for 1 mark. 0 marks for reference/quotation alone.

4 3 marks = 6 mins 2. In lines the poet expands upon his relationship with his young sons. Choose two poetic techniques and analyse how they help convey the nature of this relationship. 3 Answers should analyse how the poet expands upon his relationship with his young sons. 3 marks can be awarded for reference plus detailed/insightful comment; 1 mark for reference plus more basic comment. Thus, marks can be awarded 2+1 or marks for reference/quotation alone.

5 2 marks = 4 mins 3. Look at lines “your two-year-old lungs somehow out-revving / every engine in the universe.” Explain fully what the poet means by this. 2 Candidates should explain fully what Paterson means by the image “your two-year-old lungs somehow out-revving / every engine in the universe.” Simple comment about power of his lungs for 1 mark. A detailed/insightful comment may be awarded 2 marks.

6 3 marks = 6 mins 4. Evaluate the effectiveness of lines as a conclusion to the poem. Your answer should deal with ideas and/or language.3 Candidates should show understanding of the term “conclusion” and show how the content of the last 4 lines continues ― or contrasts with ― ideas and/or language from the first ten lines. 3 marks can be awarded for three appropriate, basic comments. A detailed/insightful comment on one example may be awarded 2 marks. Other examples are acceptable. 0 marks for reference/quotation alone.

7 Final Question 10 marks = 20 mins 5. Discuss how Don Paterson uses contrast in this poem and at least one other to highlight the poems’ main concerns.10

8 Marking Guidelines Candidates should discuss the use of contrast in this and other poems by Don Paterson and should refer to appropriate textual evidence to support their discussion. 0 marks for reference/quotation alone. Candidates can answer in bullet points in this final question, or write a number of linked statements. Up to 2 marks can be achieved for identifying elements of commonality as identified in the question, i.e. use of contrast to highlight main concerns of this and other poems by Paterson. A further 2 marks can be achieved for reference to the extract given. 6 additional marks can be awarded for discussion of similar references to at least one other poem by the poet.

9 Option 1 2 Marks Text 1 – How it links to the question. Text 2 – How it links to the question. 2 Marks Text 1 – Reference / Quotation Text 1 - Link to the Question 2 Marks Text 2 – Reference / Quotation Text 2 – Link to the Question (Brief) 2 Marks Text 2 – Reference / Quotation Text 2 – Link to the Question (Brief) 2 MarksText 2 – Reference / Quotation Text 2 – Link to the Question (Brief)

10 Option 2 2 Marks Text 1 – How it links to the question. Text 2 – How it links to the question. 2 Marks Text 1 – Reference / Quotation Text 1 - Link to the Question (Detailed) 3 Marks Text 2 – Reference / Quotation Text 2 – Link to the Question (Detailed) 3 MarksText 2 – Reference / Quotation Text 2 – Link to the Question (Detailed)

11 Option 3 2 Marks Text 1 – How it links to the question. Text 2 – How it links to the question. 2 Marks Text 1 – Reference / Quotation Text 1 - Link to the Question (Detailed) 6 MarksText 2 – Reference / Quotation Text 2 – Link to the Question (Very detailed)

12 Writing Frame 2 marksText 1 links with the question because…. Text 2 links with the question because… 2 marksAn example from Text one is … This links with the question because… 2 marksAn example from Text two is … This links with the question because… 2 marksA further example from text two is … This links with the question because… 2 marksA final example from text two is … This links with the question because…


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