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Taking a look at many IGCSE Unseen Papers, we can come to the conclusion that they usually deal with 5 Universal Themes:
There are no set books for this paper but you can (and should) prepare for it. Although there are no quotations to learn for this paper, the critical skills you use in the set papers are also being tested in the Unseen paper. So in many ways preparation for this paper has in fact been taking place throughout your IGCSE course.
–You must answer one of the two questions on the paper: either the poetry unseen (on a single poem or extract from a longer poem) or the prose unseen (on a passage from a novel or short story).
-You are advised to spend around 20 minutes reading the questions and planning your answer. You should: select your question wisely; read the question carefully and highlight the keywords (which you will keep glancing at throughout the exam); read your chosen poem/passage and annotate it, highlighting the words and phrases you intend to comment on in your essay.
-A brief outline of what the poem or passage says (a few lines ONLY) might be appropriate as a starting point. But you should not re-tell the story.
-The question will direct you to an aspect of the writer’s techniques, so the main focus of the question will be on how the writer presents his or her material.
-You must respond directly and personally to the question. Remember there are no correct or definitive answers.
-Do not include lists of devices. Explore them by considering carefully how and why they were useful to the writer in achieving a particular effect.
-Make sure you set poetry quotations out properly. If you are quoting a line or perhaps two lines, you should indent one or both lines and follow the line arrangement of the original (so don’t rewrite lines as prose). The very best essays on poetry smoothly embed (integrate) short quotations (a word or phrase) and analytical comment on them.
-You should devote around 50 minutes to the writing of your answer, which leaves 5 minutes for checking what you have written.
Cambridge International AS Level Language and Literature in English requires candidates to answer two compulsory papers:
Paper 2 Writing, and Paper 9 Poetry, Prose and Drama.
In Paper 2 Writing, candidates have the opportunity to produce their own imaginative writing, as well as producing writing for a given audience.
In Paper 9 Poetry, Prose and Drama, candidates answer two questions, each on a different text. Close study of all the texts chosen is needed in preparation for a choice of essay and passage-based questions.
Selected Poems Paper 3 Poetry and Prose
In groups, we are going to do research on the authors of the 10 short stories we are going to read.
-The class will be divided into 6 groups.
-Each group will do reaserch on 2 writers.
-Findings will be shared in a presentation we are doing altogether and that I´ll share with all the groups.
ePortfolio: an electronic collection of evidence that shows your learning journey over time. The key aspect of an eportfolio is your reflection on the evidence, such as why it was chosen and what you learned from the process of developing your eportfolio.
The real value of an e-portfolio is in the reflection and learning that is documented therein, not just the collection of work.
Examples of eportfolios
a. Describe the role of women in the 19th C. Use ideas from “A Rose for Emily” and “The Story of an Hour”
b. Comment closely on how the poem “I Dream of You” deals with death.
a. Compare and contrast the 2 protagonists of “The Prison” and “The Bath”. Why can you say both of them live in a prison? Support ideas with evidence.
b. Find a picture of a place after a natural disaster an write a description.
a. Choose a poem from the ones seen in Term 3 and say what it is about. Find 4 literary devices and explain the effect they have on readers.
b. Choose 2 similes, 2 proverbs and 2 idioms from the booklet and write mini dialogues.
a. Comment closely on sadness and depression in the poem “Ode on Melancholy”.
b. Read the story “The Stoat” and comment on the themes the story deals with. Prove ideas with quotations.
a. Choose 2 poems and compare and contrast them.
b. Comment closely on how the writer of “An Englishman´s Home” deals with the hypocrisy of aristocracy in Victorian Times.
a. How does the writer make you feel pity for Ravi in “Games at Twilight”?
b. Choose a poem from the list in Term 3 and answer the question the group posted. (check the poems here in the blog)
b. Choose a poem we studied on this first term and explain what it is about. Find 4 literary devices and explain the effect they have on readers.
a. Ming´s Biggest Prey and The Phoenix : how is nature important in these 2 stories? Support your ideas with quotations.
b. How does the writer make you feel pity for the father and for the mother in “Stabat Mater”?
a. In Father Returning Home and For My Grandmother Knitting, elderly people are shown as unfit for this new world. Prove this with ideas and quotations.
b. Compare and contrast the 2 brothers in “The People Before” Prove ideas with quotations.
a. Find gothic elements in “The Moving Finger”
b. Write an essay: How does the writer make you feel pity for Heidi in the poem “FOr Heidi with Blue Hair”?
a. Read the definition of “tragic hero”
Who is the tragic hero in “A View from the Bridge”? Give reasons.
b. Write an essay: How does the writer make you sympathise with Beatrice at the end of the play?