Year 11 GCSE English - half term 'must-do' tasks

Please see below the GCSE English revision work and tasks which students must complete over the half term break. This will help students in preparation for the English Language Paper 2 which will take place on Tuesday 6th June. The two links below are English Language Papers 1 and 2 past papers to reference.



Year 11 May Must do –GCSE English Language and Literature

To keep up your revision and improve your chances of getting your target grade, you must work on the following.

  1. Read 3 different newspaper articles from 3 different broadsheet newspapers. Write a brief summary based on what each one is about.
  2. Write your own article based on one of the topics below:
  • Is school uniform important?
  • Should Brexit go ahead?
  • Should all drugs be banned in sport?
  • Should everyone have the right to education?
  1. Analyse the fiction extract. What language and structural features has the writer used?
  2. Look at the image. Annotate ideas around it as to how you could make it a descriptive piece of writing.
  3. Complete Language Paper 1 ‘Rebecca’. (attached document)
  4. Complete Language Paper 2. (attached document)

 All of these activities should be completed as part of your final preparation for your Language GCSEs. They can be a mailed to your class teacher at ANY point for marking and feedback. 

Extra work:

  1. Go onto the AQA website and follow the path below to find Sample Materials 1. You are to work through the papers and hand them into your English teacher. A comparison can then be made to the first time you did the papers. There is one for each of the language and literature components (4 in total).

Language: AQA> Subjects> English> GCSE Language > All Assessment Resources> Paper 1 and 2

Literature: AQA> Subjects> English> GCSE Literature> All Assessment Resources> Paper 1 and 2



Task 3: Analyse the extract below for language and structure.

This extract is from the beginning of 1984 by George Orwell


It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen. Winston Smith, his chin nuzzled into his breast in an effort to escape the vile wind, slipped quickly through the glass doors of Victory Mansions, though not quickly enough to prevent a swirl of gritty dust from entering along with him.

The hallway smelt of boiled cabbage and old rag mats. At one end of it a colored poster, too large for indoor display, had been tacked to the wall. It depicted simply an enormous face, more than a meter wide: the face of a man of about forty-five, with a heavy black mustache and ruggedly handsome features. Winston made for the stairs. It was no use trying the lift. Even at the best of times it was seldom working, and at present the electric current was cut off during daylight hours. It was part of the economy drive in preparation for Hate Week. The flat was seven flights up, and Winston, who was thirty-nine, and had a varicose ulcer above his right ankle, went slowly, resting several times on the way. On each landing, opposite the lift shaft, the poster with the enormous face gazed from the wall. It was one of those pictures which are so contrived that the eyes follow you about when you move. BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU, the caption beneath it ran.

Inside the flat a fruity voice was reading out a list of figures which had something to do with the production of pig iron. The voice came from an oblong metal plaque like a dulled mirror which formed part of the surface of the right-hand wall. Winston turned a switch and the voice sank somewhat, though the words were still distinguishable. The instrument (the telescreen, it was called) could be dimmed) but there was no way of shutting it off completely. He moved over to the window: a smallish, frail figure, the meagerness of his body merely emphasized by the blue overalls which were the uniform of the Party. His hair was very fair, his face naturally sanguine, his skin roughened by coarse soap and blunt razor blades and the cold of the winter that had just ended.




Task 4: annotate the image with ideas for descriptive writing.


This entry was posted on June 7, 2017