Look over your notes and your revision poster/booklet to help you to memorise key quotations, techniques and themes for Carol Ann Duffy’s poems.
You should also look at the Duffy related resources on this blog: especially the model answers on ‘Valentine’ and the advice on how to structure the final comparison question.
BBC bitesize is also very useful
Reading for Understanding, Analysis and Evaluation
Complete the past papers that are available on the SQA website under timed conditions
You should also read and make notes on quality comment and opinion pieces of journalism. Use these three prompts to help you:
- Summarise the passage in your own words. Pay particular attention to understanding and explaining key ideas
- Identify at least three effective uses of language: identify the technique, quote and explain the impact
- Write a response to the article. How successful was the writer in communicating their point of view?
Read over your revision booklet. Make sure you have internalised enough multi-purpose quotations to use for a variety of questions
Practise writing critical essays to different essay questions (past papers available via the link above)
This essay is in response to a specific question. It will help you with analysis, evaluation, structure and how to respond to a specific question. Do not try to memorise it!
All critical essays must be in response to the specific question in the exam.
Use these answers to help you to develop depth in your Duffy answers, and to structure your responses effectively. Remember, answers are marked 2+2 or 1+1+1+1 so if you’re not sure if your answer is detailed enough, then give another example!
Use this essay to help you with structure and developing more depth in analysis and evaluation. Note that this is a specific response to the essay question and you must never memorise a critical essay and regurgitate it in your exam, although the key skills used when writing critical essays remain the same whatever the question.
There is some general feedback in this post based upon your latest critical essay. Read it and use in conjunction with feedback on your own individual essay to help you to write better critical essays!