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Pearson Edexcel GCSE Fiction and Imaginative Writing: Reading Revision

The Pearson Edexcel English Language GCSE is comprised of two papers. Paper 1 asks students to analyse an extract from a 19th century fiction text and then produce a piece of imaginative writing. This paper is worth 40% of the GCSE overall and has time-limit of one hour and 45 minutes. Paper 2 is worth 60% and has a time-limit of two hours and five minutes. It focuses on two thematically-linked non-fiction texts from the 20th/21st century and produce a piece of non-fiction (transactional) writing. All texts in this exam are unseen. There is also an internally assessed speaking and listening component which is unweighted.

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Reading Fiction: 'The Tell-Tale Heart'

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Our English Language Reading GCSE revision resources and practice papers are designed to help your child become their best future self by giving them the tools they need to succeed in their GCSEs. Imagine a revision book that matches your child’s schooling, progresses them at the right level, and therefore improves their topic knowledge by 150%...that’s EdPlace! All exam-style questions and practice papers are tailored to exam boards and cover all topics used in AQA, Edexcel, OCR, Eduqas specifications; 

  • Critical reading and comprehension: identifying and interpreting themes, ideas and information

  • Critical reading and comprehension: reading in different ways for different purposes, comparing and evaluating

  • Critical reading and comprehension: drawing inferences and justifying these with evidence

  • Critical reading and comprehension: supporting a point of view by referring to evidence within the text

  • Critical reading and comprehension: identifying bias and misuse of evidence 

  • Critical reading and comprehension: reflecting critically and evaluatively on text

  • Critical reading and comprehension: recognising the possibility of different responses to a text

  • Summary and synthesis: identifying the main theme or themes

  • Summary and synthesis: summarising ideas and information from a single text

  • Summary and synthesis: synthesising from more than one text 

  • Evaluation of a writer's choice of vocabulary, form, grammatical and structural features: explaining and illustrating 

  • Evaluation of a writer's choice of vocabulary, form, grammatical and structural features: analysing and evaluating

  • Comparing texts


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