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OCR GCSE Content of Reading Meaning and Effects practice papers

OCR split their English Language GCSE across two equally weighted papers. Both have a time-limit of two hours. Paper 1 focuses on non-fiction texts. Students must compare two texts, one from the 19th century and one from the 20th or 21st centuries, and then produce some non-fiction writing. Paper 2 focuses on literary prose texts. It requires students to compare two fiction extracts and produce a piece of creative writing. All texts used are unseen, which means students will probably not have encountered them before. There is also an internally assessed speaking and listening component which is unweighted.

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Our English Language Writing and Reading Meaning and Effects 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. All exam-style questions and practice papers are tailored to exam boards and cover all topics used in OCR and Eduqasspecifications;

  • Read and understand a range of non-fiction texts

  • Critical reading and comprehension: identify and interpret themes, ideas and information

  • Critical reading and comprehension: read in different ways for different purposes, and evaluate the usefulness, relevance and presentation 

  • Critical reading and comprehension: draw inferences and justify these with evidence

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

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

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

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

  • Summary: identify the main theme or themes

  • Summary: summarise ideas and information from a single text 

  • "Summary: synthesise from more than one text"

  • Evaluation of a writer’s choice of vocabulary, form, grammatical and structural features: explain and illustrate how vocabulary and grammar contribute to effectiveness and impact

  • Evaluation of a writer’s choice of vocabulary, form, grammatical and structural features: analyse and evaluate how form and structure contribute to the effectiveness and impact of a text 

  • Compare texts


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