Poems from Different Cultures
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This is an overview for the topic: Poems from Different Cultures. These poems are on Paper 2, Section A. You need to study the poems from either Cluster 1, Cluster 2 or in some cases, both Clusters to enable you to answer the questions that are on Section A.
What question do I answer?
There will be two questions on the exam. You need to answer ONLY one of these questions. Do not attempt to answer both! Answer the question that is relating to the Cluster of poems that you have been studying with your teacher. Ask if you are not sure!
How do I revise the poems?
There are many different techniques to use when you are revising the poems. A popular method of revising the poems is F A I L S. Don't be alarmed! This stands for: F = Feelings A = Attitudes I = Ideas L = Language S = Structure
Students often use the FAILS method to revise the poems by creating a grid or table. Students can then compare the poems in terms of the feelings, attitudes, ideas, language and structure at a glance. This is a helpful revision aid. You need to remember that you will be comparing the poems, therefore it is important that when you go into the exam, you know which poems are similar and which are different. The FAILS table will help you to remember which poems to compare.
Some useful websites for you to access in terms of using Podcasts include:
To ensure that you compare the poems effectively there are a number of connectives that you can use that will show the examiner that you have the ability to compare the poems. Comparative connectives include: On the other hand, However, In contrast, But, Whereas, similar to, different from, like.
It is important for you to choose your connectives carefully.
Examples of responses in the exam to English Paper 2 Section A
Use the additional resources to see examples of student's responses to the questions from Paper 2 Section A. You can see how the students have responded to the questions but also you can see how the students have planned their answers.
It is important that you understand the main themes and issues in the poems. The questions are usually based upon the themes within each poem. It is essential to know what the main themes and ideas are in each poem you have studied.
Exam Questions for Poems from Different Cultures
It is essential that you are familiar with the examination format and what you will be asked to do. One of the most successful and effective ways to revise is to attempt either planning or planning and writing a response to the exam questions. Below you will find various past papers from AQA's website.