Make flashcards of all of your terminology for each question. Ex: Language terms for Q2 and structural terms for Q3, evaluative vocabulary for Q4.
Read an extract (fiction or non-fiction) from a text written in 1800, 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940, 1950, 1960, 1970, 1980, 1990, 2000, and 2010. (Find these online- some can be found in the AQA reading booklet attached in wider reading)
Summarise the key ideas in each.
Compare the language in one from before 1900 and one after 1900.
Make a list of unfamiliar words.
Look up the definitions of these words.
Practice writing a sentence using each of these words.
Find 5 images you think are beautiful- write a plan for a story about each
Then write a descriptive passage using imagery: simile, metaphor, personification and the 5 senses for each
Redraft these paragraphs with a focus on improving sentencing and punctuation.
Annotate extracts from the beginning, middle or end of a story for structural and language features.
Add in annotations about the effects of these features on the reader – consider what ideas or emotions they make us think/feel
Use the structure (sentencing, paragraphing, punctuation, focus) of a book you enjoy to write your own story opening.
Create 5 stock characters – personalities, appearance etc. that you could adapt for a piece of narrative writing
Make a list of plots that you think would be interesting to write.
Make a list of key settings you could describe in a narrative .
Revision tasks for Language Paper 2
Make flashcards of your terminology for each of the questions and make sure you know which terms are for which question. Ex: PIRATEMOUSE, DAFOREST, logos, ethos and pasthos are fine for Q4 but for Q3 you need descriptive language - simile, metaphor, personification, verb, adverb, adjective, imagery, symbolism
Read 5 non-fiction opinion articles and pull out key vocabulary you could use in your own writing. Links to some useful sources can be found in wider reading.
Annotate the articles for language methods- how are the writers conveying their ideas?
Write out the structure of their arguments[ ex: Begin with direct address, give a summary of the issue, include an anecdote ] and begin to write your own opinion piece on a similar topic using this structure.
Read 5 reviews of films, books or concerts. Make notes on how the writer conveys his ideas/feelings through language. Annotate for devices and effects
Read 5 letters written to editors of newspapers or magazines. Make notes on how the writer conveys his ideas/feelings through language. Annotate for devices and effects
Watch/read speeches from politicians, celebrities, youtubers - anyone who is voicing their opinion.
Practice writing in each style and form detailed in the AQA booklet and ensure you know which features to include for each style http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/english/AQA-87002-FI-W.PDF
Revision tasks for Literature
Plot the storyline of each of your texts along the narrative arc. Ensure you're specific about key moments and where they fit on the narrative arc.
Create character maps with key quotes, descriptive language, considerations of how they change throughout the text, their importance to the plot etc.
Make a list of 25 key quotes for each of your texts and annotate them for key words, methods, connotations and effects.
Make a list of key themes from each of your texts and practice writing questions about their importance to the text as a whole/ finding 3 key moments that link to this theme. Ex: Ambition in Macbeth, Masculinity in A View from the Bridge.
Ensure you can annotate your poems from memory - you know the key ideas, themes, devices and effects in each
Practice reading poetry you haven't read before and annotating theme for ideas, methods and effects.
Watch a range of productions of your drama texts make notes on how the characters behave differently in each.
Create your own knowledge organiser for each literature text using your notes. These should be divided into plot, character, quotes, key terms, and themes.