Develop your response by

Responding to the topic… □ Understanding the requirements of the topic by identifying key words/concepts in the topic □ Presenting a consistent point of view on the topic □ Avoiding irrelevant comments: stay focused on the topic □ Identifying the topic and text clearly on your paper □ Presenting/ formulating a clear point of view on the topic Developing your argument … □ Planning more carefully □ Providing/explaining reasons for your point of view □ Writing more detailed explanations □ Avoiding a chronological approach □ Avoiding generalisations □ Using the ‘yes, but…’ response Paragraph and sentence structure… □ Stating your main contention and main points in an introductory paragraph □ Structuring each paragraph carefully □ Structuring sentences clearly □ Writing a clear concluding paragraph □ Writing clear and focused topic sentences for each paragraph □ Avoiding sentence fragments (incomplete sentences) □ Avoiding running sentences together □ Writing in a variety of sentence types and lengths □ Writing a link or concluding sentence for each paragraph as appropriate □ Avoiding ambiguous sentences Using evidence … □ Selecting effective references to support your point of view □ Incorporating quotations into sentences □ Using more evidence/concise quotes to support your point of view □ Using accurate, appropriate references or quotations □ Avoiding using examples in the introduction □ Punctuating quotations correctly Spelling and grammar… □ Spelling words correctly, especially homophones □ Ensuring subject-verb agreement in sentences

□ Using capital letters for proper nouns □ Ensuring that tense is consistent (generally, text responses are written in present tense) □ Using commas accurately □ Punctuating the title correctly and consistently □ Avoiding using contractions □ Spelling the title correctly □ Spelling characters’ names correctly □ Ensuring correct preposition/pronoun usage □ Using apostrophes of possession correctly □ Using semicolons accurately □ Using apostrophes of contraction appropriately. (Avoid using contractions) □ Using colons accurately Expression and vocabulary… □ Using appropriate vocabulary to discuss characters □ Using synonyms for the key words in the topic throughout your response

□ Using a variety of appropriate vocabulary to discuss literary techniques □ Using a variety of appropriate vocabulary to discuss metalanguage □ Using a variety of appropriate vocabulary to discuss themes/issues □ Avoiding repetition of the title and author’s/editor’s name □ Avoiding lengthy and wordy sentences □ Avoiding convoluted expression □ Avoiding referring to yourself. (I, me, my, we) □ Avoiding repetition □ Referring to chapters in a novel and scenes in a play or film □ Avoiding using colloquialisms: use formal language □ Using a variety of link words/conjunctions correctly □ Expressing yourself clearly and concisely □ Utilise pronouns to avoid overusing characters’ names □ Avoid clichés Miscellaneous advice…

□ Writing legibly □ Editing your work carefully □ Using pen. Pencil is not allowed in the exam