The rationale for this post has been explored here . My intention is to provide an outline and resources to help students in Year 10/11 approach “the Beast” – the 6 poem coursework extravaganza that gives 40% of their IGCSE marks…
The task requires careful planning and is the nearest i get to a scaffold at this level. I try to encourage clear planning of each paragraph, let alone the essay as a whole and I am working on a model of roughly 3 paragraphs for each “major” essay with the “minor”poems being used as links between the majors – roughly a single paragraph for each.
Here is the teaching outline: coursework 2015
I also referred in the original post to John Thomsett’s excellent post on Janus Sentences: janus sentences
This booklet was prepared by a colleague: Jade Boyle. It is a cracking piece of work.
I attach a set of EDEXCEL sample essays for information and recommend that all students look at these. It is brilliant to write in a manner which is a consistent comparison, but Edexcel are clear that direct comparison is not needed and I recommend the 3-1-3-1-1-3 outline as a good starting point.