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GCSE Practice Paper in the style of Edexcel English Language Paper 1

In this assessment, students will be able to complete a timed GCSE English Language Paper 1 in the style of Edexcel.

'GCSE Practice Paper in the style of Edexcel English Language Paper 1' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 4

GCSE Subjects:   English Language

GCSE Boards:   Pearson Edexcel

Curriculum topic:   GCSE Sample Practice Papers

Curriculum subtopic:   Paper 1

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

This is a practice GCSE English Language Paper 1 in the style of Edexcel.

 

In the GCSE examination, you will complete your answers in a written answer booklet and you will be given a reading insert and question paper.

 

At EdPlace, you will be given both the reading insert and the questions together. You will also type your answers manually into onscreen boxes and use marking criteria to grade your answers afterwards.

 

The time is set for 1 hour and 45 minutes (105 minutes) but you can keep working once the timer has run out. You need to manage your working effectively to ensure you have enough time to complete all questions.

 

This paper includes all questions types in the style of Edexcel. The guidance below is also in the style of Edexcel.

 

GCSE

ENGLISH LANGUAGE 

Paper 1 - Fiction and Imaginative Writing

 

Time allowed: 1 hour and 45 minutes

 

You must have:

Source A - the reading insert

Question paper (questions 1-6)

 

Instructions

Answer all questions in Section A and ONE in Section B.

You should spend about 1 hour on Section A.

You should spend about 45 minutes on Section B. 

Answer questions in the spaces provided  - there may be more space than you need.

 

Information

The total mark for this paper is 64.

The marks for each questions are shown in brackets.  You should use this a guide as to how much time to spend on each question.

Questions labelled with an asterisk (*) are ones where the quality of your written communication will be assessed.  You should take particular care on these questions with your use of vocabulary, spelling, punctuation and grammar, as well as clarity of expression.

 

Advice

Read each question carefully before you start to answer it. 

Check your answers if you have time at the end.

 

 

Disclaimer:

We have no affiliation to Edexcel and these questions represent our own unique content developed by EdPlace GCSE authors.

None of the content displayed here has been supplied by Edexcel or any other third party suppliers.

READING INSERT

 

Read the text below and answer Questions 1 - 4 on the question paper. 

Read the extract below carefully before moving on to the next page. Leave the box at the bottom un-checked until you've finished the entire paper and checked your answers.

You should spend about fifteen minutes reading this section and looking through the questions that follow.

 

This is an extract from the beginning of a novel. Dorothy and her family live on Kansas prairie where not much happens. One day, they spot a storm approaching.

 

The Wizard of Oz: L. Frank Baum

 

 

*Cyclone - hurricane, tornado

*Prairie - large open flat grassland (particularly in North America)

I've completed all questions and checked my answers.

Question 2

 

From lines 13 to 21, give two ways the sun has affected the prairie.

 

You may use your own words or a quotation from the text.

 

 

[Total for Question 2 = 2 marks]

 

Question 3

 

In lines 34 to 47, how does the writer use language and structure to show a change in atmosphere as the storm approaches?

 

Support your views with references to the text.

 

 

[Question 3 = 6 marks]

 

Section B - Imaginative Writing

 

Answer ONE question. You should spend about 45 minutes on this section. 

Write your answers in the space provided. 

 

EITHER

 

* Question 5

Write about a time when you, or someone you know, had to hide from something.

Your response could be real or imagined.

 

*Your response will be marked for the accurate and appropriate use of vocabulary, spelling, punctuation and grammar.

 

(Total for Question 5 = 40 marks)

 

OR

 

* Question 6

Look at the images provided. Write about a chaotic experience.

 

Your response could be real or imagined. You may wish to base your response on one of the images.

 

Your response will be marked for the accurate and appropriate use of vocabulary, spelling, punctuation and grammar.

 

(Total for Question 6 = 40 marks) 

 

 

SECTION A - Reading

 

Read the text in the Reading Text Insert provided (on the previous page) and answer ALL questions. 

You should spend about 1 hour on this section.

Write your answers in the space provided.

 

Question 1

From lines 1 to 5, identify the phrase which explains why Dorothy's house is so small. 

 

 

[Total for Question 1 = 1 mark]

Question 4

 

In this same extract (lines 34 - 47), there is an attempt to build tension. 

Evaluate how successfully this is achieved.

 

Support your views with detailed reference to the text.

 

 

[Question 4 = 15 marks]

 

  • Question 1

READING INSERT

 

Read the text below and answer Questions 1 - 4 on the question paper. 

Read the extract below carefully before moving on to the next page. Leave the box at the bottom un-checked until you've finished the entire paper and checked your answers.

You should spend about fifteen minutes reading this section and looking through the questions that follow.

 

This is an extract from the beginning of a novel. Dorothy and her family live on Kansas prairie where not much happens. One day, they spot a storm approaching.

 

The Wizard of Oz: L. Frank Baum

 

 

*Cyclone - hurricane, tornado

*Prairie - large open flat grassland (particularly in North America)

CORRECT ANSWER
I've completed all questions and checked my answers.
EDDIE SAYS
Well done. You've now completed the GCSE Language Paper 1 in the style of Edexcel.
  • Question 2

Question 2

 

From lines 13 to 21, give two ways the sun has affected the prairie.

 

You may use your own words or a quotation from the text.

 

 

[Total for Question 2 = 2 marks]

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
One mark is awarded for every correct answer (2 in total). Ace this question by making sure you only use answers from the lines indicated (13 - 21). Beware as this sometimes cuts the text off mid-sentence. Remember: - Answers can be direct quotations or written in your own words. - They MUST relate to the focus of the question ('the sun').
  • Question 3

Question 3

 

In lines 34 to 47, how does the writer use language and structure to show a change in atmosphere as the storm approaches?

 

Support your views with references to the text.

 

 

[Question 3 = 6 marks]

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Here, you need to focus on the language techniques and structural features that the writer uses. You should consider what you think about the statement and explain your ideas, backing them up with reasons. You should use a paragraph structure that includes a Point (where you identify a language technique used in the writing), Evidence (a quotation from the text to back up your Point) and Analysis (a description of the effect created by this technique). In this question, you need to consider how effective the author's choices are. To gain higher marks, you should aim to explain your answer in as much detail as you can and identify more complex techniques. Here is an example of a paragraph that would get full marks: The author presents the storm as intimidating and scary by using sensory detail to describe the effects of it before the reader (or characters) can see it. The text describes how first ‘they heard a low wail of the wind’ and then how ‘Uncle Henry and Dorothy could see where the long grass bowed in waves’. Describing the storm as having a ‘low wail’ is an example of personification which presents the storm like a beast on its way to them. This helps to build tension as it presents the storm as sad or angry since it emits a ‘wail’. The descriptions about the grass helps to further present the storm as intimidating because the grass literally ‘bowed’ when the storm was coming. This presents the grass as much less powerful than the storm as it is as quaking in fear of its arrival. This would engage the reader because they are already able to see the devastating effects of the storm before it arrives. By structuring the text in this way, it encourages the reader to imagine how bad the damage will be to the characters and make them sympathise with their situation. This would make them want to read on as they would want to know the outcome for Dorothy and her family.
  • Question 4

Section B - Imaginative Writing

 

Answer ONE question. You should spend about 45 minutes on this section. 

Write your answers in the space provided. 

 

EITHER

 

* Question 5

Write about a time when you, or someone you know, had to hide from something.

Your response could be real or imagined.

 

*Your response will be marked for the accurate and appropriate use of vocabulary, spelling, punctuation and grammar.

 

(Total for Question 5 = 40 marks)

 

OR

 

* Question 6

Look at the images provided. Write about a chaotic experience.

 

Your response could be real or imagined. You may wish to base your response on one of the images.

 

Your response will be marked for the accurate and appropriate use of vocabulary, spelling, punctuation and grammar.

 

(Total for Question 6 = 40 marks) 

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
This question is a chance for you to show off your writing skills. Choose to either produce narrative (Q5) or descriptive writing (Q6). Whichever you choose, you need to make sure you're using lots of language techniques, structural features, accurate spelling, punctuation and grammar. To gain higher marks, you should ensure you write closely to the brief in the question and carefully consider the AUDIENCE and PURPOSE. Try to include sophisticated vocabulary and use more complex language techniques. Here is an example of the opening to an answer that would've got full marks. The lightning cracked across the sky. With each flash, it branched out across the darkness like a giant tree, unfurling its leaves for the summer sun. Here, however, there was no sun. The place itself was sad; drained over the years of any life it had left. The people were drained too. Empty husks of skin that couldn't smile or laugh but they could scream. That was what the storm wanted them to do. Scream. Scream for their lives.
  • Question 5

SECTION A - Reading

 

Read the text in the Reading Text Insert provided (on the previous page) and answer ALL questions. 

You should spend about 1 hour on this section.

Write your answers in the space provided.

 

Question 1

From lines 1 to 5, identify the phrase which explains why Dorothy's house is so small. 

 

 

[Total for Question 1 = 1 mark]

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
The only correct answer is 'the lumber to build it had to be carried by wagon many miles.' Ace this question by making sure you only use answers from the lines indicated (1-5). Remember: - Answers must be direct quotations. - They MUST relate to the focus of the question ('why the house is so small').
  • Question 6

Question 4

 

In this same extract (lines 34 - 47), there is an attempt to build tension. 

Evaluate how successfully this is achieved.

 

Support your views with detailed reference to the text.

 

 

[Question 4 = 15 marks]

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Here, you need to focus on the language techniques and structural features that the writer uses. You should consider what you think about the statement and explain your ideas, backing them up with reasons. You should use a paragraph structure that includes a Point (where identify a language technique used in the writing), Evidence (a quotation from the text to back up your Point) and Analysis (a description of the effect created by this technique). In this question, you also need to EVALUATE how effective the author's choices are (not just analyse as you have been doing for the previous questions). You will also need to clearly state how far you agree with the statement and why. To gain higher marks, you should aim to explain your answer in as much detail as you can and identify more complex techniques. Here is an example of a paragraph that would get full marks: The author uses a range of techniques to build tension throughout the text. The setting (the prairie) is presented as a ‘grey’ place that is lifeless and dull and the author presents Dorothy’s dog, Toto, as the only thing ‘that saved her from growing as grey as her surroundings’. This helps to build sympathy for the main character, Dorothy, as she is forced to live in such a horrible place during her childhood. This builds tension as it lulls the reader into a false sense of security that nothing exciting or extraordinary could happen here. However, later in the text the writer later uses sounds to alert the reader to the oncoming storm. The text describes the ‘low wail of the wind’ which contrasts with the previous description of a place where nothing happened. This would build tension suddenly as the quiet landscape is torn apart by the ‘wail’ of the storm. Here, the writer implies that a big change is coming as the dead landscape wakes up at the approach of the storm. The text describes how the ‘grass bowed in waves’ before it which suggests that whatever is coming is big and powerful. This would build tension as the reader is still unaware of how big the storm will be as the characters still cannot see it. If they previously felt sympathy for Dorothy, they may now even feel concerned for her safety during the storm.
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