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Question 2 Exemplar

Have been asked by @jasmin_le to post a Q2 exemplar answer. We've been looking closely at the mark scheme in class which the top band is pasted below.

Band 4
7 - 8 marks

* Offers a detailed interpretation of the effects of the headline
* Presents a detailed explanation and interpretation of what the picture shows and its effect
* Links the picture and the headline to the text with perceptive comments offers appropriate quotations or references to support comments

The question is: Explain how the Headline and Picture are effective and how they link with the rest of the text. 8 Marks.

Source 2

New Words of 2012: what a shamazing year

'Shamazing’: the word coined by 'X Factor’ judge Nicole Scherzinger, above, and used by David Cameron when she helped turn on the Christmas lights in Downing Street

The headline 'New Words of 2012: what a shamazing year' is particularly effective at introducing the tone and detail of the article. The colon in the title serves to create a pause which seems to give the impression of the pause before a joke. This gives the article a light-hearted tone which is then clarified as derisive with the awful portmanteau of 'shamazing'. The headline seems to set up a bad joke from which it then goes on to explain the writer's despair at some new words (neologisms) that have appeared in 2012. 

The image shows David Cameron and Nicole Scherzinger in the background both laughing. The look on Cameron's face suggests he is uncomfortable which links with the articles tone of derision. It is clear he is not comfortable with the use of the word and it serves to back up the opinion of the writer on the new words being awful. Scherzinger again looks awkward through over-laughing but the teenager in the foreground with his eyes closed seems to suggest how poorly both speakers have judged their audience. 

The article clarifies how these new words have appeared but moves to list words that they 'hope never to hear again'. The writer is clearly against the use of these new words through the awkwardness portrayed in the image and the set up of the title as being a bad joke.

Look at how the response picks out more than one point about the headline and image and is always linking to something within the text this covers 'detailed' and the plural 'effects' 'comments' 'details'. Tone can be important here as usually the image and headline reflect the attitude that the writer is taking towards their subject. If you can begin to link parts of the image and headline to tone, you are creating 'perceptive comments'. 

There is an example of a top band answer but how do you get to that stage. Evaluate your own answers:

What do you need to do to get to this level? 
What strategies will help you get there in the exam? 
What advice would you give to someone trying to create a top band answer?

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13 December 2012 at 22:24

What do you need to get to this level?
Identify original and hidden ideas and analyse in depth and challenge interpretations. Make relevant links to headline and image.
What strategies will help you get there in the exam?
CLIFFTOP, practise questions etc
What advice would you give to someone trying to create a top band answer?
Use embedded quotations according to relevance, write in detail and explain the effects behind specific ideas

13 December 2012 at 22:51

Interested in strategies - do you think CLIFFTOP enables you to gain the top grades in your personal experience (I know we teach you this)? Do you think there is a better way to learn how to tackle this questions at the Top Band level?

31 December 2012 at 19:31

Okay! I have an issue! I understand (greatly if I might add) all of question 2,4,5 and 6. I tried to revise all of the requirements that I need to meet for these missing questions and I have discovered that there seem to be a few gaps in my notes. Could you give me the 'low down' requirements for question 1 and 3 please (only the really important ones 'coz I got most of them).
This would really help me out because I'm pretty sure it's my fault I don't have the notes. Any-doo, thanks!

1 January 2013 at 16:15

Have you looked here: http://milneenglishaccident.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/exam-countdown-begins.html ? Have a read through that post and then try a Q1 or Q3 and I can feedback.

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