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Edusites GCSE and IGCSE Unseen Texts and Poetry

Edusites GCSE and IGCSE Unseen Texts and Poetry

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How to Use Unseen Texts and Poetry Effectively in the Classroom

Some general tips:

  • the assessment of reading skills in this paper is based entirely on unseen texts. Consequently whenever possible students should practice analysing texts as ‘unseens’ as the norm in their study of both English Language and English Literature
  • try to harness good reading skills from Key Stage 3 onwards by introducing students to a range of non- fiction texts from the 19th to 21st centuries across a range of genres and increasing the challenge of these texts up into Key Stage 4
  • as 19th Century texts are prominent in this unit your students should build up a clear understanding of the 19th century context, the sort of society it was and the styles of language used. This should cover both non- fiction and fiction texts. There is clear crossover here with English Literature where the literary heritage texts studied in both prose and poetry can be taught alongside these non-fiction texts as integrated exercises.
  • In preparation it is important that students are allowed the opportunity to articulate their opinions on the subject of the text. This is an important skill for both English Language and English Literature although all such judgements should be evidenced based.

Reading the Unseen Text and Poetry

Reading activities can be carried out as individuals, in pairs or in larger groups. The main principle should be to get students to respond independently to the passage or text and to understand the viewpoints and perspectives expressed and the main themes of the piece. This can be followed with closer reading to analyse the writer’s craft and possible areas of comparison.

Edusites GCSE and IGCSE Unseen Texts and Poetry

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