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Improving Grades From B to A* in GCSE English

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Age Range: KS4

Optimise the potential of high achievers and concentrate on raising B grade students to A*. Each section of the pack presents a sequence of increasingly complex worksheets which consolidate speaking and listening, reading and writing skills. Start each student at their current level, then use subsequent sheets to stretch them upwards. This pack is particularly useful for AQA specification A candidates.

Sections include: Writing about non-fiction; Reading poetry; Writing to argue, persuade or instruct; Writing to inform, explain or describe.

A final section on Media provides for non-AQA spec A candidates.

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Size: 62 Pages
ISBN: 978 1 86025 307 2
Author(s): Bryan Maywood
Code: IGEN
Popularity rank: 56
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Contents List



  • 7 GENDER AND LANGUAGE This page uses adverts as a starting point for students to develop an understanding of the power and effect of words - in relation to gender and prestige.
  • 9 HOLIDAY SELL Students plan, write and analyse a page for a holiday brochure; this develops their understanding of the importance of language and layout in a non-literary text.
  • 11 FACT AND OPINION This page consolidates students' understanding of the difference between fact and opinion.
  • 13 LANGUAGE AND LAYOUT I Students take a critical look at an exam paper in order to develop their understanding of the effect of language and layout in non-fiction.
  • 15 LANGUAGE AND LAYOUT I I Students write part of an induction guide for Year Seven students; this develops their understanding and awareness of the importance of audience in determining language and layout.
  • 17 LOADED LANGUAGE This page looks at headlines in order to develop students' understanding of the meaning of connotation and cognitive in analytical writing.


  • 19 THESAURUS This page encourages students to develop a sophisticated and varied vocabulary to use in literature essays.
  • 21 THE SHAPE OF A POEM Students look at a shape poem to develop their understanding of the importance of form and its relationship with content
  • 23 MOTIF This page develops students' understanding of the term motif, so that they become confident enough to use it.
  • 25 ASSONANCE Students look closely at poetry to develop their understanding of, and skill in using, the term assonance.
  • 27 SIMILAR SOUNDS Using an excerpt from Coleridge's Kubla Khan, this page helps students develop understanding of, and skill in using, the terms alliteration and consonance.
  • 29 QUOTE UNQUOTE A competition helps students to develop confidence and familiarity with the exam poems, and the ability to use quotations in exams.


  • 31 THOU SHALT This page develops argumentative skills in writing, and the ability to argue another's point of view.
  • 33 WRITE FOR YOUR RIGHTS This activity develops the students' ability to write an effective, powerful letter of complaint.
  • 35 THEME PARK With this activity, students develop the skills to enable them to argue effectively and to understand alternative points of view.
  • 37 MAKE IT CLEAR Students are given a task which helps them to develop the skill of communicating instructions and information clearly.
  • 39 ENGLISH IN DECLINE...? This page sets out to develop students' skills of writing argumentatively, and to encourage wide and impressive vocabulary use.
  • 41 ALL YOU DO IS... Students are given a task which requires them to write clear and precise instructions.


  • 43 SENTENCE LENGTH Students write about two different situations, focusing on developing control of sentence constructions for stylised effect.
  • 45 THE SEMI-COLON This page develops students' understanding of the ability to use semi-colons appropriately and effectively.
  • 47 LINKING PARAGRAPHS Students focus on improving the words chosen to begin paragraphs, and consider the importance of the link between paragraphs.
  • 49 USING SETTING With this activity, students develop the skill of writing symbolically, and develop their descriptive abilities.
  • 51 THE PATHETIC FALLACY This page provides an opportunity for students to develop an understanding of the pathetic fallacy, and the ability to use it in their own writing.
  • 53 THE FULL PICTURE Students consider the effect of descriptive detail, and develop its use in their own writing.


  • 55 PERFUME POWER Students develop their observational and analytical skills in response to an advertisement.
  • 57 PRESS INTRUSION Students consider the right of the press to intrude into people's personal lives.
  • 59 TOO MUCH POWER? Newspaper headlines are used to encourage a consideration of the power of the press in influencing the public.
  • 61 SAME NEWS - DIFFERENT VOICES Students focus on the skills of detailed linguistic analysis in response to a media text.
  • 62 APPENDIX - GCSE BOARDS Lesson-specific Teachers' Notes are to be found on the page facing each worksheet.



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Excellent resource. Ideal for students who are struggling with confidence as the worksheets offer an easily accessible format which is fun to do.
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