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AQA GCSE English Language Paper 2 | Persuading and Arguing

AQA GCSE English Language Paper 2 | Persuading and Arguing

AQA Paper 2 Knowledge Organiser

AQA GCSE English Language Paper 2 | Persuading and Arguing

“It’s only words...and words are all I have…to take your heart away"

Ronan crooned these lyrics back in the day. When boybands were wholesome and everyone stood up for the chorus. Before that it was the Bee Gees. With their big hair and bigger flares. Today, as we count down the days to go until the language exams, the lyrics keep spinning round and around my head.

Let’s start a brand new story…

  • I had approached my preparation for the writing section for the Non-Fiction Paper Two the wrong way round.
  • I had been starting with ideas and the overall structure.
  • My students had loads of ideas; I needn’t have worried about ideas.
  • I realised that they could have the best most original idea about the topic of snow or technology or over protective parents...but they sat sucking on the ends of their pens.

They didn’t have the words to write with. So I changed my approach.

  1. To do this I scrutinised the question and exam board exemplars.
  2. I considered each response and I asked myself, how could this student change their approach to move to the band above?

Phrasing and vocabulary.

Talk in everlasting words… Problem identified: lack of confidence using the vocabulary for persuading and arguing. My plan of attack was threefold:

AQA GCSE English Language Paper 2 | Persuading and Arguing

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